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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Sex Strike

Browsing through our copy of the Sunday Times, I came across this story - that the girlfriends of Columbian gang members have gone on a 'cross-legged strike' until gang violence ends. I was struck how this is exactly the premise of Aristophanes' Lysistrata (see my review here), in which the Greek women go on a similar sex strike to stop their husbands fighting. I wonder if that could have been based on a (partly) true story?

6 Comments:

At 2:53 pm, Anonymous Milan said...

Seems like a good idea to me.

I have long wished that non-smokers would simply refuse to sleep with smokers, thus extinguishing that vile practice forever.

 
At 3:12 pm, Anonymous Milan said...

Also, you posted this four times.

I take it Blogger is acting up, as it so often does.

 
At 6:49 pm, Anonymous Dan Butt said...

Hang on, bit of a loophole in your plan if smokers realise they can sleep with other smokers, surely?

 
At 7:49 pm, Anonymous Milan said...

@Dan Butt,

Who cares if they do? They can either become a cancer-laced enclave or quit and join the rest of humanity.

 
At 9:47 am, Blogger Ben said...

Are you assuming smoking is somehow genetic though? Or at least inherited through nurture/socialisation? I don't know how far it is restricted to running in families, but I'd imagine those born to non-smokers can pick it up too.

 
At 3:07 pm, Anonymous Dan Butt said...

Hmm, I'm now worried that if a real norm of smokers and non-smokers not sleeping with each other came into being, given the popularity of smoking with the young, people might actually start smoking in order to have sex. I think we need to be VERY careful with this one.

 

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