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What's next in the fight against oppression of men?
Welcome to "What Next?", The Week's contest about current events.
Last week's question: This week's question: Male train workers in Sweden circumvented a ban on wearing shorts by donning skirts instead; a spokesman said that men could follow the women's dress code because "to say anything else would be discrimination." What is the next step men should take to free themselves from the shackles of oppression?
THE WINNER: Leave work at 4:30 to pick up the kids
David McEnerney, Seymour, Conn.
SECOND PLACE: Feel free to cry when angryEamon O'Tuama, Astoria, NY
THIRD PLACE: Pull over and ask for directionsConnie Scofield, Glens Falls, NY
HONORABLE MENTIONS:Earn 77 cents for every $1 a woman makes, for the same workJennifer Land, Wayne, PA
Demand equal access to lifeboats in a ship disasterRussell Vestlie, Madison, WI
Burn their necktiesJanine Witte, New Hope, PA
Require women to propose, with football season tickets in extended handUjjal Kohli, Saratoga, CA
Stand at a door until a female comes to open itBob Fitzgerald, Seattle, WA
Require women, after they are finished, to put the seat upDavid P. Bancroft, San Francisco, CA
Have checkout lines for people without couponsBob Peffers, San Antonio, TX
Make "Honey, I ain't doing it!" lists Ivan Kershner, Salem, SC
Lobby to get sports talk the same respect as book clubsChristopher Harding, Dorchester, MA
Actually take all of their allotted vacation daysJoe Valetti, San Leandro, CA
Claim water retention as the cause for weight gainMark Weaver, Redondo Beach, CA
Join the Girl Scouts and sell cookies in front of the store of their choiceJohn S. Newman, Central, SC
Have "groom showers" with registries at Best Buy and Home DepotSusan Secula, Braddock Heights, MD
Pass a male ERARichard Dever, Bloomington, IN
Say, "Not tonight honey — I have a headache!" without guilt Cheryl Feinberg, Farmington Hills, MI
Be responsible for the laundry and getting dinner on the table nightlyKitty Jackson, Napa, CA
Call in sick during that time of the monthStacey Dennick, Sebastopol, CA
Feel okay telling their kids, "Just wait till your mother gets home!"Mark Miller, Los Angeles, CA
Since men already have long hair and wear earrings, no additional steps need to be taken.Richard Herrick, Johnstown, NY