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There’s a sinister threat to masculinity afoot. The nature of the danger? Men’s ability to conveniently change babies’ diapers.
A tweet that caught the internet’s attention on Sunday showed a sticker that, according to Twitter user @sheratesdogs, “was found on a baby changing station in the men’s bathroom.”
The stickers says: “WARNING: This is another example of the feminization of the American male!”
This sticker was found on a baby changing station in the men’s bathroom pic.twitter.com/HiSixQIpoy— SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) June 16, 2019
While fathers have actually been asking for changing tables in men’s bathrooms for years, it seems that at least one dude sees them as a pernicious threat to masculinity. He’s apparently threatened enough that he went out and acquired this sticker so he could come back and warn everyone who might be considering doing some basic childcare.
People on Twitter seem concerned for him.
Ok new question does the person who put the sticker on there just keep a 20 pack in their pocket or did they see the station, go home and make a sticker online, Receive it, and return to Texas roundhouse— Michaela Okland (@MichaelaOkla) June 16, 2019
It's so amazing: this person has so embraced their fragility, is so consumed by outrage that the modern male is not entirely a 1980s cartoon action hero, that they had these stickers made and look for opportunities to use them.— Warren Terra (@warren__terra) June 16, 2019
He's...just got a whole roll of these so he's ready whenever?— Grant Whitesell (@grantwhitesell) June 17, 2019
This person's leaving his "local news station hot take" comments in meatspace.
There’s keen speculation about his identity.
$5 that the sticker poster is one of those MRA types who complain about the courts favoring mothers in divorces.— VIP (Very Important Plant) 🇲🇾 (@PuffyCurry) June 17, 2019
Or does he work at the Texas roundhouse and want all the customers to know...— FPL Dark Knight (@fpldarkknight) June 16, 2019
And one brave (or innocent) soul hoped the sticker might be sarcasm.
I am hoping the sticker was sarcasm. But there's no way to know these days.— Scoreboard (@Scorebo18348944) June 16, 2019
Most just focused on ripping him for his fragile image of manliness.
men are afraid to take care of their babies because they’re still babies themselves— bitchass idiot (@oknicoco) June 16, 2019
He’s got plenty of sticker making time if nobody will have sex with him and give him a baby to change pic.twitter.com/eN3APiY3e5— Mx. Smith (@Dawn_MarieSmith) June 16, 2019
I can only assume the man who put this up once tried to change his baby and failed, thinking “well this is for women only anyway” to justify his ineptitude. But then got divorced when she realized he sucked and angrily put these everywhere— Alex Bjornsson (@PoisonousKoala) June 16, 2019
Meanwhile, the dads of Twitter are distinctly unimpressed.
I would pay so, so much money for these kind of people to experience what I have, single dad with a cryinf toddler that needs changed with no fuckin changing tables in the goddamn mens bathroom. That pressure, the confused outrage. Ugh.— Geralt Northman (@X13thNorthMan) June 17, 2019
Next time I am just going to walk around, holding my crying child at arms length, shouting 'woman, woman, I need a woman, this baby is broken and smells like poo'— Breaking dad (@bigchow84) June 17, 2019
If this dude doesn't want to be a parent, then fine. But we don't have to let his assholishness ruin it for the rest of us.— Nick Mullins (@nijomu) June 16, 2019
I was so proud when I learned to change a diaper one-handed in the dark, half asleep.
They’re expressing gratitude for baby change facilities they can actually use.
Put all the stickers you want on it, just so long as it's there and I don't have to change her on a soaking wet 6" strip of countertop ... and feel free to come criticize me while I'm holding a poop missile.— Jared W Samuelson (@jwsc03) June 16, 2019
I used to be an infantryman, now I’m in sales. Last year I spent 8 months at home on paternal leave like my father did in my time (though he was an artillery man turned MD). My father did not have changing tables in the mens room at it sucked.— Call me ”Dave” (@903Lew) June 16, 2019
I did and it was awesome. #progress pic.twitter.com/DsRMg1ayOi
And commiserating about the times they didn’t have any.
Had to change my daughter on the counter of the men’s room in an expensive restaurant in Beijing. Every time her legs waved the hand dryers went off, spreading the smell everywhere.— Richard Miller (@rellimr) June 16, 2019
My wife deployed when our son was 7 months old. Stopping to change a diaper and not having a changing table in the men’s room was one of the biggest annoyances I had, especially the weekends I’d be driving 4.5 hours to my parents house.— Aaron Craig 🔰 (@ACraig2031) June 16, 2019
Dude would prefer shit on the bathroom counter apparently... bc that’s where I’m changing my kid if there’s no changing station.— Upton (@Upton_4) June 17, 2019
I get so mad when men’s rooms don’t have changing stations.— Jesse W. Mosier (@jwmosier) June 16, 2019
Some users have kindly fixed the sticker for our misguided friend. If men changing babies’ diapers means they’re slowly being “feminized,” then hurray for that!
Fixed (if you have a sharpie, you can do this too) pic.twitter.com/43cG7PB5vp— Kreeper (@IntrntAdvnturer) June 16, 2019
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Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org