By George Kanjere from The Northern Dads Group
Recently I have been featured in a couple of articles, one in the Herald Sun, and one in The Daily Mail, about the lack of change tables in men’s bathrooms. I feel that, while these articles were well-meaning they do not represent my feelings on the issue, and I also think that some people may have incorrectly read into my advocacy for change tables in men’s bathrooms, which has so far been limited to these two articles. I also wanted to say that I do not want to take up valuable space talking about this issue – I thought an article in the Leader was reasonable, but it grew into two, and then a possible television interview (which, thankfully, was cancelled).
This morning, on my Facebook Page, I shared an article about men calling for baby change tables to be installed in men's rest rooms (click here to read). A member of The Northern Dads Group, George, was one of those men. Some comments to my Facebook Page and other comments on the article itself, came with a bemused tone and questioned whether it’s a serious issue at all, and some made a point of saying that it’s not about gender inequality. I just wanted to put my thoughts on those points out there.
Oh my God. I’m forty one. And even though my abs remain stubbornly visible, and despite a recent survey of two people confirming that my erections over the past year have been some of my hardest ever, I cannot deny the obvious signs of aging – I’m listening to Radio National instead of Nova, a cuddle with Tania now only leads to the desire for sex 99 times out of 100, and just last Tuesday, at 2.15pm, I was inside Target with some slippers in my hands thinking, ‘Hmm, a pair of these would be nice for winter.’
Trent’s a councillor comedian and George is a biophysicist currently working at the Zoo and I’m a bald pinkish writer unsure of where I fit on the autistic spectrum because I’ve never been tested and this meeting we’ve organised could amount to something; something really great, or maybe nothing at all.