Father of the Year Ashton Kutcher Starts Petition for Universal Changing Tables
While most men shy away from diaper duty, Ashton Kutcher is actually campaigning to take it on as much as he wants, wherever he wants.
Likely scoring some major points with his wife — yes, they reportedly got married — Mila Kunis, the former Two and a Half Men actor is petitioning on behalf of dad’s around the world to be able to bring changing tables into men’s restroom everywhere.
At the beginning of March, Kutcher took to Facebook to express his frustration over the fact that he can’t change his baby girl Wyatt’s diapers while out and about because there are never changing stations in men’s public restrooms.
Fast forward a few weeks later and the new dad has created a Change.org petition to get major retailers — like Target and Costco — and stores everywhere to “initiate a company-wide policy to provide universally accepted changing tables in their stores.”
He writes, “As a new dad, I recently learned an unfortunate reality about changing diapers while out in public with a child. Almost all public changing tables are in women’s bathrooms, which makes it nearly impossible to find a table that’s accessible to dads. As crazy as it sounds, many stores don’t give dads the option to change their babies’ diapers.”
He continues, “It’s 2015, families are diverse, and it is an injustice to assume it’s only a woman’s job to handle changing diapers. This assumption is gender stereotyping and companies should be supporting all parents that shop at their stores equally – no matter their gender.”
Father of the year? We think so.
While Costco has yet to address the topic, Target responded swiftly that they’ve already initiated this change, writing, “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.”
Let’s hope Costco hops on board, too!