Ashton Kutcher Petitions For Changing Tables In Men’s Restrooms
Ashton Kutcher started something when he took to his Facebook page to complain about the lack of changing tables in men’s restrooms earlier this month. He was taking care of his new baby daughter Wyatt Isabelle with wife Mila Kunis when he noticed that he was out and about and had no place to change her diaper.
He said on Facebook: “There are NEVER diaper changing stations in mens public restrooms. The first public men’s room that I go into that has one gets a free shout out on my FB page! ?#?BeTheChange?”.
Apparently no one heard his cries for help in that regard, so he followed up his complaints with the following statement: “It seems this idea of diaper changing stations has struck a chord. It’s a pet peeve of mine when people just complain about shit and don’t do anything to improve their condition. So lets do something. In for equality? Pass it on – ?#?LeanInTogether?”.
Since, he has started a petition on Change.org to get the ball rolling in his bid to stop gender stereotyping. In his petition, he says that it is an injustice for people to assume that it’s a woman’s job to change diapers.
On his website, he said, “I would like my daughter to experience a world where gender doesn’t dictate one’s responsibility or limit one’s opportunity. Having changing tables in men’s rooms is just a tiny step in the process of rectifying legacy gender discrimination. Men who are aware of this bias want to participate equally in the child care process and our society should support that. It’s time to get our hands dirty.”
His call to action places the onus on Target and Costco to step up and make the change so that men can share the responsibility of changing diapers. So far, Target has responded:
We appreciate the interest. As you’ve noted, at Target we are absolutely committed to creating a family-friendly environment and accommodating the needs of our guests. For the convenience of all of our guests, we have made changing tables a standard feature in both our men’s and women’s restrooms for more than 25 years. In addition, as we build new stores, we place changing tables in our women’s, men’s and family restrooms. In the event a changing table is unavailable, we encourage our guests to notify a team member and we will be happy to offer an alternative private location to meet their needs.
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