If you’ve ever had to use a public anywhere there are other humans in need, then you know that the line for the women’s washroom resembles something out of a Disney theme park (seriously, can someone make a FastPass for the line for the ladies’ at a concert/amusement park/sporting event/mall/theatre/etc.) while it’s crickets on the men’s side.
Now imagine that with a kid, all fidgeting and squirmy. Now let’s go a step further and imagine that with a baby, a poopy, squirmy baby. Dad would love to help out and take little Gary into the men’s washroom and change his diaper, he can’t. Because short of balancing baby precariously on the sink or on one of those community pee troughs, there is nowhere for him to change the little one.
But Ashton Kutcher is hoping to change (heh, see what we did there?) all that.
The actor and his fiancée, Mila Kunis, are hands-on parents to five-month-old Wyatt and as much as Kutch wants to play an active role in the daily duties of his daughter’s life, it’s kind of hard since he can’t be out in public with her and change her diapers. So he aired his grievance on Facebook.
“There are NEVER diaper changing stations in mens public restrooms,” Kutcher complained to his 18.7 million-plus followers. The best he could do? Offer a small incentive to the next men’s room he pops a squat in that has a changing table. “The first public men’s room that I go into that has one gets a free shout out on my FB page! #BeTheChange.”
While some commenters pointed out that many locations have family restrooms designed for moms and/or dads to use, they’re almost always in use. Dads who regularly take their babies out and about are definitely at a disadvantage. So short of potty-training the kids before they can walk, or changing the little ones on the filthy floor, a change definitely needs to be made. Here’s hoping Ashton’s demand is a start because the disparity in public washrooms is a joke.