Lysistrata

by Kiko Matsing

‘Sex strike’ success in Philippine village: UNHCR

The idea was conceived by a group of women who had set up a sewing business but found that they could not deliver their products because the village road was closed by the threat of violence…

The sewing group’s leader, Hasna Kandatu, said they warned their husbands they would be cut off from sex if they continued causing trouble.

LYSISTRATA
Then I will out with it at last, my mighty secret! Oh! sister women, if we would compel our husbands to make peace, we must refrain…

CLEONICE
Refrain from what? tell us, tell us!

LYSISTRATA
But will you do it?

MYRRHINE
We will, we will, though we should die of it.

LYSISTRATA
We must refrain from the male altogether….

(from The EServer Drama Collection)

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