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EDITORIAL: Women Against War

Aristophanes was a satirist who wrote the story Lysistrata around 411 BC, when the news came of Athens's warships having been destroyed near Sicily. Lysistrata was the third of three plays in which Aristophanes attacked the war; the entire ideology that war can be productive in any way.

The play, in its spirit of nonviolence and female empowerment, promotes peaceful relations through ironic protest; the women of Athens take charge as only women can.

In the play the women of Athens, led by Lysistrata and supported by women from neighboring cities, are determined to make a difference by taking matters into their own hands and forcing the men to stop the War.

This play represents women acting bravely and non-violently against men who seem entangled in destroying their family life

War took the men away from the women, leaving them at home to take care of the house.

Athenian women had no power and were uneducated. They were excluded from politics, agriculture, and trade. For women to protest these accepted truths during this time, would have been considered absurd. In this comedy, the leader, Lysistrata takes power into her own hands and quickly becomes more powerful than any man; more powerful even, than war.

Lysistrata explains to her fellow female comrades that they must take action against their husbands and lovers by refraining from men altogether. Every woman refuses contact with any man until they have decided to stop fighting and resume peaceful relations amongst their enemies.

Lysistrata knows this plan of attack will work, especially after every woman has taken an oath promising to stand strong against the desires of their war-weary men. The unified women then seize the Acropolis where the treasure/war fund was kept. The men, having run out of money and female contact, come to meet the women of Athens head to head in a wordy war for power.

After endless pleading from the men to resume sexual relations, Lysistrata gives an epic speech telling the men that they can get what they want if and only if they stop the fighting. The men can no longer stand the distance of their women and decide to enforce a peace treaty between Sparta and Athens. The men and women celebrate their reunion and the end of the war, while the women congratulate themselves on their new found strength and power.

The sex strike ended the war because one woman decided to enter the man's world in order to ultimately conquer it. This play represents women acting bravely and non-violently against men who seem entangled in destroying their family life with their absence and the pursuit of a pointless war.

Today, this play is read all over the world to help raise money for peace groups like the Women's international League of Peace and Freedom, and to raise awareness of the costs of war. What began as a satirical comedy played out thousands of years ago, now stands as a powerful message of peace through non-violent action.

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How Men Get Even With Women Who Stop Wars



Somewhere in the world it is BBQ season. For those who haven't BBQed lately, it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking. It's the only type of cooking a real man will do, probably because there is an element of danger involved.

When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:

Routine...

1) The woman buys the food.

2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.

3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill, beer in hand.

Here comes the important part:

4) THE MAN PLACES THE MEAT ON THE GRILL.

More routine....

5) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery.

6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation.

Important again:

7) THE MAN TAKES THE MEAT OFF THE GRILL AND HANDS IT TO THE WOMAN.

More routine.....

8.) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces and brings them to the table.

9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

And most important of all:

10) (This is VERY important) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.

11) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed "her night off." And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing women.

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