Women of the world have a weapon now.
In what seems to be a scenario straight out of the Greek comedy Lysistrata, there have been increasing incidents over the years of women withholding sex to either make a point or bring about a change.
Just this month, a group of women in Tokyo threatened to withhold sex from any man who voted for leading governor candidate Yoichi Masuzoe after he declared that females shouldn’t make key governmental decisions because they have periods.
The women of Tokyo, however, aren’t the only ones who have used this technique of persuasion. There have been several instances in recent years.
Here are just three:
The women of Liberia helped end a 14-year Peloponnesian War that killed over 250,000 by staging a similar sex strike in 2002. The war eventually ended in 2003. The leading lady of this amazing movement was Leymah Gbowee, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts.
Gbowee admitted that the sex strike did not solve the problem, but it did bring much needed attention to the Second Liberian Civil War.
There’s even an award winning documentary about it called Pray The Devil Back To Hell.
Life for women in two villages of Mindanao Island in Philippines suffered greatly due to the violent clashes of their husbands, who were bent upon their ‘eye for an eye’ brand of justice.
The road between the villages was closed, preventing women from traveling and transporting goods and thus earning a sustainable income.
The only thing that bought the warring men to their senses was when the wives joined hands and refused let them into their beds.
Needless to say, peace prevailed soon after.
When the conservative party in the US attacked the contraception mandate in 2012, a group of women called Liberal Ladies Who Lunch organized a sex strike from April 28 to May 5 to get people to understand the benefits of contraception for both women and men.
Their tagline: If our reproductive choices are denied, so are yours.
Their message was simple, "Once Congress and insurance agencies agree to cover contraception, we will then resume having sex. Until then men will have to be content with their left hand."
Well, that has to be the most genius way of tackling matters. It may not get men to do the women’s bidding, but it warrants enough public attention to influence (read push) them into seeing the other side of the issue.