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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sex Strike and Lysistrata

A barangay in Mindanao made the headlines recently for a reported "sex strike" imposed by wives to their husbands if the latter continue to engage in clan wars. The women complain they are tired of killings, and demand for a normal life.

Apparently, the men got scared of being "outside the kulambo" for fear of sexual starvation. The women got what they want and they live...

In an interview with an Imam (Someone who leads Islamic worship services.), Arnold Clavio of Unang Hirit asked if it is against Islamic traditions for a wife to deny her husband his "marital (sexual) rights." The Imam answered that a wife CANNOT and MUST NOT say no to a husband who asks for his bed rights. No ifs, no buts. What the husband wants, the husband gets. I was riding a bus when I saw that piece of interview, and I didn't care if I mouthed "WTF" a little too loud.

This piece has reminded me of that classic Greek comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes. It is about a woman named Lysistrata who persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual favors from their husbands and lovers. This fete is meant to end the Peloponnesian War. In the end, both parties come to a peaceful agreement and the drama ends in songs and dances.

Sounds easy. But this may work only if men and lovers were gentlemen, and women were ladies.

Spell DOG.

1 comment:

  1. Didn't I tell you before? NEVER use sex as a bargaining tool. :)