Dad’s Struggle To Change Son’s Diaper In Men’s Room Raises Calls For Parity

Donte Palmer said fathers "need to be seen as equal" with changing tables in men's restrooms.

A Florida father is calling for diaper-changing tables to be installed in men’s restrooms after he was forced to squat on the floor of a public bathroom to change his son’s diaper.

Donte Palmer asked in an Instagram post “what’s the deal with not having changing tables in men’s bathrooms as if we don’t exist!!” It was subsequently reposted by The Shade Room, and has since amassed more than 550,000 likes.

The lack of changing tables in men’s restrooms shows an outdated view of parental roles, Palmer said. Fathers, he told BuzzFeed News, “need to be seen as an equal.”

“We’re more than just protectors and providers,” he said. “We’re the stroller pushers [who] get up at 4 a.m. to warm bottles.”

He continued: “My wife and I, we share everything equally. We cook and clean. We work hard – equally. Why do we share equal responsibility but society views us differently?”

Palmer’s gripe is familiar to many fathers.

U.S. law requiring changing tables in both men’s and women’s restrooms in publicly accessible federal buildings was signed by then-President Barack Obama in 2016.

In 2015, the actor Ashton Kutcher famously lamented the lack of changing tables in men’s restrooms and launched a Change.org campaign to call for businesses to provide them. Many, especially large chain stores, now do.

In August, Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons committed to installing changing tables in men’s bathrooms after a teacher, Chris Webb, made a complaint on Twitter.

This article originally appeared on Huffington Post.



We want to know what you think. Leave a comment.

0 Comments

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

CONTACT US

Have a great story idea, know someone On the RYSE, we would love to hear from you. Send us a message and we'll get back to you, asap.

Sending

© 2018 RYSE Interactive, Inc

Terms of Use | Privacy Policy

CLOSE

RYSE UP FOR

THE RUNDOWN

DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX WEEKLY

- Early Access to Top Stories

- Success Tips

- Unique Community Finds

- Exclusive Offers From Our Partners

CLOSE

Thanks for joining

the RYSE Tribe!

or

Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?