April 28 at 12:00am until May 5 at 12:00am
Younger men and women may not remember the “good old days” when the only reproductive choice we had was to deny men access to sex. In truth, if we lose our hard won rights to medical care, birth control and pregnancy choice, it won’t only affect women. Men will have to …go back to the days when they waited for or paid for sex. This is issue impacts all of us. This strike is designed to make that point. Ask your man to speak up for your rights, because when we lose our reproductive choices, so do they.
Here’s a little history of sex strikes:
In the ancient Greek play Lysistrata, the women of Greece go on a sex strike to end the decades-long Peloponnesian War. Since then, many women around the world have gone on similar sex strikes to keep their men in line.
Most recently, women in Barbacoas, Colombia, an isolated town in the middle of the country, have vowed to keep their legs crossed until the government improves the unpaved roads that make traveling in the the dangerous, politically volatile region even more perilous.
The strike: The girlfriends of gang members in one of the country’s most violent cities, Pereira — with a murder rate at the time of 97 per 100,000 people — held a “strike of crossed legs,” giving their men the choice between giving up weapons or giving up sex. “We want them to know that violence is not sexy,” said Jennifer Bayer, an 18-year-old girlfriend of a gang member.
The outcome: In 2010, Pereira’s murder rate dropped by 26.5 percent, the steepest decline in the country.
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