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Celebrity Dad Demands Diaper-Changing Stations in Men’s Rooms

Ashton Kutcher took to Facebook to point out the gender disparity faced by parents.

By Michael Nam

Actor Ashton Kutcher is known for playing a stoner teenager and a reality-television prankster, but he would also like to be known as a responsible dad. The celebrity posted his dissatisfaction with public men’s rooms for fatherly duties via Facebook, offering incentives for future changes.

Ashton Kutcher's Facebook post, diaper changing station

Confining diaper-changing stations to only women’s restrooms tends to reinforce the idea that changing diapers is solely the work of mom. As Liz Dwyer describes in Takepart.com, she and her husband found themselves unable to divvy up their turns with this messy responsibility when out in public.

That’s when we discovered that most of the bookstores and restaurants in Los Angeles that we loved still saw baby-changing duties as women’s work. Men’s restrooms usually lacked a changing table.

She goes on to point out that the ability to share diaper duty during family outings doesn’t appear to be a priority for some when she notes that Governor Jerry Brown of California vetoed a bipartisan bill that would require changing tables in all public restrooms for both men and women. “At a time when so many have raised concerns about the number of regulations in California, I believe it would be more prudent to leave the matter of diaper-changing stations to the private sector. Already, many businesses have taken steps to accommodate their customers in this regard,” wrote Governor Brown. “This may be a good business practice, but not one that I am inclined to legislate.”

With Kutcher offering a free social-media promotion for businesses that have updated facilities for modern parents, it will be interesting to see if Governor Brown is right to leave it to the private sector in light of this Facebook post gone viral. However, sometimes it can be difficult to get businesses and organizations to make simple changes on their own regarding restrooms, as the transgender community could tell you.

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6 comments


  • Penny Robinson

    Kudos to Sam’s Club that has a family bathroom between the Men’s and Women’s restrooms. With all the bad people find to say about them, this is a positive–gender neutral, family friendly.

  • Great idea. If I am not mistaken, the Moscone Center in SF has an updated facility that includes a diaper changing station in the men’s restroom. You might ask, how would I know this. I know because most of the men’s restrooms were taken over by the 5,000+ women who attended a conference at the Moscone Center last week. I was one of those women who used the men’s room.

  • I am surprised that Los Angeles area businesses are not providing changing tables for men to use. Come visit Portland, Oregon – we must be ahead of the trend. Many restaurants, bookstores and shops have changing tables in both restrooms or have a family unisex room available. We need to be able to invite men into the women’s rooms with kids in diapers – that might help bring on some change!

    • Luke Visconti

      Portland is a progressive and beautiful city. Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

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