Greek women talking sex
Once the women are gathered, Lysistrata tells them they should withhold sex from their men, and in time, the men will lay down arms. What if the husbands force them to have sex anyway? “Yield then,” Lysistrata advises, “but with a sluggish, cold indifference.
There is no joy to [men] in sullen mating.”Eventually, the women agree to the plan.
Just after Lysistrata’s gathering, the two choruses face off at the gate of the Acropolis, which the women have seized.
There, the men attempt to set a fire, which the women promptly douse—the symbolism is unmissable.“We scare you, do we? The men threaten to beat them: “O hit them hard and hit again and hit until they run away, And perhaps they’ll learn […] not to have too much to say.” “Come on, then — do it! “I won’t budge, but like a dog I’ll bite / At every little scrap of meat that dangles in my sight.” The men call the women dirty sluts, and say things like “Woman is the most shameless beast of all the beasts that be.”When a magistrate arrives and tries to get involved, ordering two men to “lay hands on [Lysistrata] and end it,” her fellow women engage in a rowdy show of solidarity.
Every Greek person has that one family member, normally a Yiayia, who travels back from wherever they've been with a suitcase filled to the point of explosion with spices.
In his version, black women in Chicago withhold sex in order to pressure their men to put down their guns.
The play is often summoned as an example of a political tract.
*straightface I have these arguments with my Dad every year. " In the Greek culture, for some reason, unbeknownst to me, an extra year is added to your age. Some Greeks believe in the fortune telling of a coffee stain on a small cup so much, they will base their lives on that morning cuppa! But honestly speaking, superstition put aside, the coffee stains do really create images.
Ever told your Mama something and told her not to tell the rest of the family? You would come home after work (Yes home to your Mum at age 42 because we never leave home) and your three Thies (aunts) are there and your Gran too and the first thing they ask is, "Who is the new man?