Fathers are increasingly playing a hands-on role in parenting and now take on three times as much childcare as they did in 1965. Without designated changing areas in men’s restrooms, some men are forced to change diapers on a dirty bathroom floor as you will see in the picture below.
California just put up a bill for consideration to place a changing table inside of men’s bathrooms to help clear up this situation. Now looking at the picture below, I can understand that to a point, but as a father I am always thinking about things beyond this and it could cause more problems than you think.
Babies need to be treated with warmth and care in a clean environment and the men’s bathroom is far from that. I just do not like the nastiness I have seen at fast food restaurants, event arenas, and stadiums. Call me cautious, but it’s weird to even think about.
From Free Range Pick:
Two bills currently under consideration in California would help ensure that couples can more equally share childcare responsibilities. Under the legislation, which cleared a Senate committee on Tuesday, men would gain access to baby changing tables in public places.
The first measure, Senate Bill 1358, would require public facilities — including movie theaters, sports arenas, libraries, and restaurants — to make sure there are changing stations “accessible to both men and women.” Senate Bill 1350 doesn’t require public buildings to go back and add changing stations to existing bathrooms, but specifies that changing tables should be “equally available or provided regardless of the gender for which the restroom facilities are designed” if they’re being added in the future.
Sen. Ricardo Lara, who’s sponsoring SB 1350, explained to Fox News that this type of legislation simply accommodates modern families.
“As the demographics of the modern American family evolve, traditional gender roles with women as the primary caregiver for the children are changing, and men are becoming more and more involved in the care of their young children,” he explained in a statement. “There are also a growing number of same-sex households with children.”
If this happens nationwide, I won’t balk at the idea and I won’t fight it since I do not have babies anymore. I have grown up 13-year-old daughters, so I am past that stage. But I will pray for parents who are going to have to go through it.
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