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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Women of Normal, Mn. Propose the "Lysistrata Solution" to Debt Crisis: Tales From Normal, Mn.: FICTION

Just got the news from the ladies of Betty Lou's Coffee Shop--they have gathered together tonight and reminded all of us of the history of Lysistrata: Lysistrata (/laɪˈsɪstrətə/ or /ˌlɪsəˈstrɑːtə/; Attic Greek: Λυσιστράτη, "Army-disbander") is a comedy by Aristophanes. Originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BCE, it is a comic account of one woman's extraordinary mission to end The Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace — a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes. The play is notable for being an early exposé of sexual relations in a male-dominated society. The dramatic structure represents a shift away from the conventions of Old Comedy, a trend typical of the author's career.[2] It was produced in the same year as Thesmophoriazusae, another play with a focus on gender-based issues, just two years after Athens' catastrophic defeat in the Sicilian Expedition. Based on this research, the ladies of Betty Lou's Coffee Shop have proposed that all the women of America abstain till the budget resolution is passed...How clever....
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