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.

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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On the heels of Serena Williams' victory against Julia Görges at the French Open on Saturday, her best performance since returning from maternity leave, Inside Tennis reporter Bill Simons asked Williams a sexist question about President Donald Trump's alleged comments on Maria Sharapova's shoulders and "supermodel good looks."

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White Officer Finally Fired for Racist Posts, Threats Against Black Police Chief

It took the support of the NAACP and community advocates to accelerate justice.

Hocking College Interim Police Chief Tiffany Tims and former Nelsonville Police Officer Joshua Braglin

Black women disproportionately experience violence at home, at school and at work. So it's disconcerting that in Southeastern Ohio, despite a threat of violence by Nelsonville Police Officer Joshua Braglin against Tiffany Tims, the interim police chief at Hocking College, Braglin managed to keep his job for months until pressure from the local community forced him out on Wednesday.

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White Officer Called Black Police Chief N-Word, Threatened to Beat Her to 'Death With a Banana'

Despite proof of a series of racist and threatening Facebook posts against Tiffany Tims, an Ohio officer hasn't been fired.

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UPDATE May 30, 2018 at 10:38 p.m. ET:

On Wednesday night the Nelsonville City Council unanimously voted to fire police officer Joshua Braglin. The vote came during a city council meeting attended by numerous protesters.

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A white male police officer from Southeastern Ohio made racist and threatening Facebook posts against Hocking College Interim Police Chief Tiffany Tims, who is Black. Nelsonville Police Officer Joshua Braglin hasn't been fired. So, community organizers have scheduled a protest for Wednesday evening.

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Twenty-one white people (including seven male board members and CEO Steve Simon) of a total of 22 people in the World Tennis Association's (WTA) management made the call to boot Serena Williams from seeding for the French Open for having a baby.

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The racist and hate-filled rant against a Black woman riding on the Long Island Rail Road in New York is now under investigation by Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials.

Passengers said a man ranted for about 10 minutes, spewing racist and sexist slurs directed at another rider, 25-year-old Soraya Orelien.

"He made me feel disgusting," Orelien said in an interview Friday with WABC-TV. "He made me feel less than what I am. And I'm not the only one who has experienced this."

The incident occurred around 10 p.m. on April 19, but the video went viral last week. Orelien was on her cellphone speaking with a friend during her commute that originated at Penn Station. Hearing her talk on the phone enraged the man and he confronted her.

A woman named Aneesa Janat Rafeek, according to her Facebook page, was a passenger on the train that night and posted a video on her page showing a portion of the racist rant, which she also said lasted 10 minutes.

She explained:

"*Let me be clear about what prompted these nasty remarks*

"An African American woman was behind him speaking on the phone (not loudly in my opinion as I was sitting only diagonally from him and could not hear her).

"He started off by mumbling under his breath and then escalated to yelling at her about being a loud mouth b**ch. When another young woman, also Black, stood up for her, he continued to yell and then call[ed] them monkeys.

"What this video does not show — him getting up to get in the young [woman's] face to scream at her more. It was honestly so disgusting to witness.

"Say what you want in regards to 'both' sides being ignorant and needing to be quiet. Have someone start yelling profanities at you for being 'loud' and see how you react."

Orelien told Eyewitness News, "He came to my face and was like, 'Ooh ooh ahh ahh, you monkey,' and I just sat there. I just sat there, and I didn't say anything. I just said, 'You need to leave. Leave me alone. Please just walk away.'"

The Baruch College senior said she is coming forward and speaking about the incident as a reality check for others.

"I want people to know that this still happens!" Orelien told PIX11 News.

"I'm proud to be a strong Black woman in this day and age, and no one can talk to me like that."

Sources identified the man as Edward Ruggiero, a Manhattan stagehand and member of Local 1 IATSE, who lives in Long Beach, L.I., according to the NY Daily News. But he denies that it's him in the video.

Eyewitness News cameras went to the suspected man's home and confronted him on his porch.

"Get the story straight. Do you want to talk to us? You call yourself a journalist — get your f****** story straight!" he said. The man rushed inside before reporters could speak with him further.

An LIRR spokesperson told PIX11 in a statement:

"This language is offensive, completely inappropriate, and has no place in our society, let alone on the Long Island Rail Road. The MTA Police are actively investigating this report … Anyone who sees a situation like this unfolding should notify a conductor immediately. This absolutely falls under the mantra of: if you see something, say something."

Death of a Parent Has Multi-Generational Impact: New York Life Foundation Survey

Adults who lost a parent growing up attest to profound impact on their own parenting.

When a child experiences the death of a parent, that loss often has a multi-generational impact – tangibly shaping parenting decisions that occur decades later, according to new survey results from the New York Life Foundation.

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Golf Club Calls Police on Black Women Members for Allegedly Playing Too Slow

The five women, one a local NAACP president, say it's a clear case of racial and gender discrimination.

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Five Black women, members of the Grandview Golf Club in Braddock, the oldest public golf course in York County, Pa., decided to meet on Saturday for a round of golf. The outing ended with the club co-owner, who is white, calling the police on the only Black, female players on the course because they allegedly played too slow and did not want to cancel their membership and leave.

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