Thursday, 7 January 2010

Lysistrata

by Aristophanes

A friend pointed out that this blog is exclusive to those who don't read fiction (don't read fiction!!! freaks!) I don't have much Non-fiction to give away. What about this, a play by an old Greek geezer? The women are altogether sick of the men going off to war, and think of an innovative way to stop it - they'll go on a sex strike until the men see sense. (A passive resistance strategy, long before Gandhi.) Leading to some interesting effects on the men.

It's brilliant satire, still relevant today...

Lysistrata illustration by Aubrey Beardsley

4 comments:

  1. Maybe that's what I'm doing. It's not that I can't get any, I'm on strike. Yeah.

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  2. That reminds me of a friend of mine at college when I said I was celibate, he said
    "Are you celibate, or are you just not getting any?"

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  3. Does anyone else recall this play mentioning the 'Lion on the Cheese-Grater' position?. Just me then...

    Marsha

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  4. Ha! There's a Facebook group dedicated to speculating what the Lion on the Cheese Grater might be. Apparently it was the "most expensive item on the menu" in Greek brothels. I reckon I can guess...

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