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1639, 12 Oct 16

Obama Signs Bill Mandating Changing Stations in Men’s Bathrooms

He does seem a bit obsessed with our bathroom business in his final year in office, doesn’t he?

This month, President Barack Obama signed the Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation Act, or the BABIES Act, which requires diaper-changing facilities in male and female restrooms in public federal buildings, such as Social Security offices, courthouses and post offices. If these restrooms do not have changing tables, hallway signs must direct parents to the nearest facilities, the act states.
The law doesn’t cover restrooms that aren’t in public buildings, such as restaurants or retailers, and those in buildings that can’t safely support changing facilities.
Mounting more changing tables in restrooms seems like a small task, but the policy suggests a step forward in gender equality, enabling all parents to take part in child care.
Wait a minute… if gender-specific bathrooms are now taboo and it is perfectly acceptable for men to go in the ladies’ room and vice versa, why do we need a changing table in each bathroom? Wouldn’t it be OK for men to go into the ladies’ room to change their kid’s diaper?
Honestly though, I changed a lot of diapers with my kids and I don’t recall this ever being an issue.

1639, 12 October 2016


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