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01 May 2009 @ 10:50 pm
Aristophanes would be proud  
Someone has been reading the classics : Kenyan women are trying to pressure politicians into finding an end to the current political crisis, by re-enacting Lysistrata's story. That is, by withholding sex for a week.

Here is the story

"We are asking even sex workers to join the cause, even if we have to pay them ourselves," said Patricia Nyaundi, executive director of the Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya.

"We cannot allow our leaders to argue over non-issues while relegating the issues that affect this country to the back burner. When this happens, women suffer the most," said Ann Njogu, director of Centers for Rights Education and Awareness, which describes itself as a non-partisan organization that "seeks to empower the society on women's human rights."

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ldragoon: frostldragoon on May 1st, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
I saw that this morning and my inner classical lit geek went FUCKING INSANE. I mean, OMG. I hope this works for them! From what I read, the play was originally supposed to be making fun of the women, since women weren't really very respected in Greek society, but I think it's a story that can totally go Awesome Feminist Redux without too much trouble. :)
_w_o_o_d__w_o_o_d_ on May 2nd, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
To be fair, Aristophanes was also making fun of the men (carrying, under their tunics "an embarrassing burden").
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