‘FATHERS need to be treated equally’: Creative dad who struggled to change his son’s diaper in restaurant bathroom with no changing tables goes viral after posting images of his ‘ninja skills’
・Florida teacher Donte Palmer, 31, shares parental responsibilities with his wife
・But while his wife can change their son in public bathrooms, men’s restrooms have no facilities and fathers must balance babies on their knees or in sinks
・Donte started the #SquatForChange campaign to raise awareness of the issue
To balance (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to be in a position where you will stand without falling to either side, or to put something in this position: “というふうに記載されていますね。
We all sat with plates balanced on our knees.
She balanced a huge pot effortlessly on her head and walked down to the river.
The flamingos balanced gracefully on one leg.
A Florida man has become the face of a new gender-equality battle after photographs of him struggling to change his son’s diaper in a men’s bathroom went viral.
Donte Palmer, 31, from St. Augustine, Florida was in a local restaurant with his wife and three sons when the youngest boy, 1-year-old Liam, needed changing.
Donte told BuzzFeed News he often drafts in 7-year-old Isaiah to help change Liam in public bathrooms because the vast majority of men’s facilities do not include changing tables.
draft in (phrasal verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” to bring someone into a team or group of people in order to help them do something “というふうに記載されていますね。
Extra police officers have been drafted in to search for evidence.
The coach has drafted two new players into the squad for the match.
Every Christmas thousands of people are drafted in to help with the mail.
In this case, Donte had to squat down, balancing Liam on his legs in the bathroom stall of a local Texas Roadhouse restaurant.
Isaiah found the scene funny, Donte said, and started taking pictures, which the family found amusing at first.
‘We got back to the table and that’s when [Isaiah] showed me the pictures,’ he explained to BuzzFeed.
His wife, however, pointed out the unfair discrepancy between the facilities provided for fathers as opposed to mothers.
‘We as women, we don’t have to come up with creative ways to change a diaper, and you have to get a ninja squad to change Liam,’ she said to Donte, who later posted the photos on Instagram.
‘What’s the deal with not having changing tables in men’s bathroom as if we don’t exist!!’ Donte wrote.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” a difference between things that should be the same “というふうに記載されていますね。
a discrepancy between estimated and actual spending
There is some discrepancy between the two accounts.
There were some discrepancies in the statement he gave to police.
as opposed to (phrase)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” rather than: “というふうに記載されていますね。
I’d prefer to go in May, as opposed to September.
The cost of these planes is £3 million, as opposed to the £2 million charged by their competitors.
‘Clearly we do this often because look how comfortable my son is.’
His photographs resonated with parents and have been shared thousands of times across different social media platforms, attracting numerous comments from people with the same problem.
Instagram user ‘jillk1964’ wrote: ‘Bravo to you for bringing attention to this!! It’s crazy, that in the 21st century, there are not baby changing stations in every men’s room!!’
Another, ‘han.davidson’ said: ‘Yes!! I’ve been saying this for so long! My husband can never do it when he’s out, so he has to change her in the car!’
Some people confessed that Donte had made them think about something they had not even realised was a problem.
Donte himself said that until his wife pointed out the problem and he shared it online, he hadn’t given much thought to the issue either.
To resonate (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” If an experience or memory resonates, it makes you think of another similar one: “というふうに記載されていますね。
Her experiences resonate powerfully with me, living, as I do, in a similar family situation.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” the act of thinking about something to form ideas and opinions, or an idea or opinion produced by thinking: “というふうに記載されていますね。
She doesn’t give any thought to her appearance.
Ask me again tomorrow. I’ll have to give it some thought.
It was only after other fathers commented in solidarity, saying they have had to put baby clothes on the floor and even put their children in sinks to change them, that he realised how widespread and unfair the problem is.
‘If there’s no changing table available, then I do what I do to get it done,’ he said.
‘As a father, we need to be seen as an equal,‘ he said.
‘We’re more than just protectors and providers. We’re the stroller pushers [who] get up at 4 a.m. to warm bottles.
‘My wife and I, we share everything equally. We cook and clean. We work hard — equally.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” the support that people in a group give each other because they have the same opinions or aims “というふうに記載されていますね。
The purpose of the speech was to show solidarity with the country’s leaders.
Hundreds of supporters gathered to show solidarity for the three men.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” a pushchair for small children “というふうに記載されていますね。
‘Why do we share equal responsibility but society views us differently?’
Donte hopes other fathers will join his #SquatForChange campaign and post pictures of themselves changing their children without a table. He wants to raise as much awareness as he can for the issue.
‘I believe as many fathers will continue to do this around the world…change will happen,’ he said.
最後に、内容が理解でき、新しい単語も知ることができたら、必ずCambridge Dictionaryか、Macmillan Dictionaryで例文を読むようにしてください。そして一番シンプルで、自分が日常使いしときやすそうなもをノートやスマホに書き溜めておいてください。そしてこれを移動中の時などに声に出して覚えることが本当に大事です！（電車では難しいので、僕はよく歩きますw）