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Lysistrata in Real Life

John on April 30, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Aristophanes’ comedic play Lysistrata tells the story of a woman heroine who convinces the women of Greece to withhold sex from their men until they agree to end the Peloponnesian War. The play, first performed in 411 BC, seems to have some fans in Kenya:

The Women’s Development Organization says it is coordinating a sex strike by thousands of Kenyan women to resolve ongoing political turmoil.

Rukia Subow, chairwoman of the organization, said the planned weeklong strike could work as sex is an activity that spans social position, tribal affiliations and political parties, The Daily Telegraph (Britain) reported Wednesday.

“We have looked at all issues which can bring people to talk and we have seen that sex is the answer,” Subow said. “It does not know tribe, it does not have a (political) party and it happens in the lowest households.”

To intensify its strike, the group is set to seek the support of the wives of President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the Telegraph said.

The British newspaper said the strike, which will also include the group paying prostitutes to not work, comes as Kenya has been mired in a political deadlock following a disputed election.

On the one hand, I hope this works to resolve the crisis. On the other hand, I’m not sure I want this strategy to catch on.

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