At Laugardalslaug swimming pool in Reykjavík, a room designated for fathers to change their babies’ diapers has recently come under fire. Several fathers who have visited the pool have asked that administrators reconsider the signage of the room as it shows a woman changing a child’s diaper, even though the room is located in the men’s changing rooms, visir.is reports.
“First off I was not aware of the fact that there was a sign on the room showing a woman,” Logi Sigurfinnson, the manager of the pool, told visir.is. “We order these signs from abroad, these are international signs. But I will go and take a look at the cause of the complaint. If it displays a picture of a woman, it can certainly be replaced. They hardly belong in the men’s changing rooms,” Logi added.
Ingólfur V. Gíslason, a sociologist who has extensively covered gender equality issues, believes that although people are unhappy with the sign, the fact that the room exists at all is a positive development.
“A few years ago the Gender Equality Center sponsored a study on bathrooms at several small stores and gas stations along Ring Road One, and the results showed that in very many cases there was only a diaper changing station in the women’s rooms,” said Ingólfur.
Facebook commenters have taken a lighthearted approach, speculating whether the sign simply shows a man in a kilt, or a man with a towel wrapped around his waist.
UPDATE: The woman on the disputed sign has been transformed into a man. The skirt has simply been cut off the figure. “We have ordered a new sign and until it gets here we decided to use this as an immediate solution to the problem,” pool manager Logi Sigurfinnson told visir.is.