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[Ebook] ➣ Lysistrata ➩ Aristophanes – Submitalink.info Looking at the themes of sex and gender, this bawdy anti war sex comedy, of which I found rather amusing, was first staged in 411 BCE In simplistic terms, the play is the account of one woman s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War, as Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate a peace In other words its like a sex strike Lysistrata, a strong minded Athenian with a great sense of individual Looking at the themes of sex and gender, this bawdy anti war sex comedy, of which I found rather amusing, was first staged in 411 BCE In simplistic terms, the play is the account of one woman s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War, as Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate a peace In other words its like a sex strike Lysistrata, a strong minded Athenian with a great sense of individual responsibility, reveals her plan to take matters into her own hands and end the interminable war between Athens and Sparta She has convened a meeting of women from various city states in Greece and, with support from the Spartan Lampito, she explains to the other women her plan, which Leads to some really laughable moments.Modern adaptations of the play are often performed with a feminist and or pacifist viewpoint, but the original all the way back then was neither particularly feminist nor unreservedly pacifist Even while apparently demonstrating empathy with the female condition, Aristophanes still tended to reinforce sexual stereotyping of women as irrational creatures in need of protection from themselves and from others Certainly, it seems clear that Aristophanes was not actually advocating real political power for women.Lysistrata herself, though, is clearly an exceptional woman and, even when the other women waver in their resolution, she remains strong and committed She is usually quite separate from the other women she does not herself exhibit any sexual desire, has no obvious lovers or husband and does not purposely flirt with men she is smarter, wittier and generally adopts aserious tone than the other women the humour throughout is highly topical and the playwright expected his audience to be familiar with myriad local personalities, places and issues, a difficulty faced by any producer trying to stage Lysistrata for modern audiences As well as the slapstick comedy and the raucous and risqu double entendres, much of the humour in the play derives from the audience s knowledge of specific figures from Athens public life and recent history.Known as the Father of Comedy , this was great fun, and I just can t quite believe its as old as it is I imagine it will never feel dated, long live Aristophanes Today Alyssa Milano called for a sex strike in response to Georgia s abortion ban, which raises two questions 1 Alyssa Milano is still a thing and 2 Haven t I heard this before I can help with the second thing Milano got it from Aristophanes, who in 411 BC invented the sex strike and, for all you know, dildos It s 411 BC and Athens is deep in the Peloponnesian War with Sparta and everyone s pretty stressed about it In Aristophanes brilliantly simple idea, the women of both sides org Today Alyssa Milano called for a sex strike in response to Georgia s abortion ban, which raises two questions 1 Alyssa Milano is still a thing and 2 Haven t I heard this before I can help with the second thing Milano got it from Aristophanes, who in 411 BC invented the sex strike and, for all you know, dildos It s 411 BC and Athens is deep in the Peloponnesian War with Sparta and everyone s pretty stressed about it In Aristophanes brilliantly simple idea, the women of both sides organize and throw a sex strike Stop fighting, they say, Or nohumping The plot is that they say that and then it works There s some stuff about dildos, for obvious reasons, but that s about all there is to it Unfortunately it was a made up story in real life this didn t happen and Athens lost the war and that was basically the end of the Golden Age of Democracy But the play is great easily Aristophanes s best surviving play funny and filthy and don t forget, the thing about Greek plays is that you can knock one out in an hour and a glass of wine, so why haven t you read this Translation and illustration courtesy of Valerie Schrag for The Graphic CanonAlyssa Milano, who played a kid on the 80s TV show Who s The Boss and is now still a thing, isn t the first to try the Lysistrata strategy It s been done in places as diverse as Colombia, Nigeria, and Italy It comes up in the US every time Republicans do something particularly assheaded so, daily.It s not an ineffective strategy, and I don t mean to belittle Alyssa Milano, who performed the voice of Bimini in 2012 s Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 and is totally still a thing Georgia s abortion ban is a nightmare and if this is what it takes it s a small price to pay That s what she said Dunked on my own dick And the play s not ineffective either Like all the best ideas, it s extremely simple and it involves dildos.TranslationsValerie Schrag, as mentioned above, has a comic version for the Graphic Canon that s super fun but pretty direly abridged.Douglass Parker has one for this common Aristophanes collection that s fine but it s trying very very hard to be as cool as Aristophanes was and failing If you ve found a great translation, please do let me know People who are currently sleeping with an academic may be interested to know that I just sent the following GENUINE letter to an Elsevier journal, in response to a request to review a paper If this catches on, don t blame Not Blame Aristophanes.Dear Professor ,My girlfriend, on whom I rely for advice in ethical matters, has researched Elsevier s business model in some detail She says that, after careful consideration, she would not be able to sleep with som People who are currently sleeping with an academic may be interested to know that I just sent the following GENUINE letter to an Elsevier journal, in response to a request to review a paper If this catches on, don t blame Not Blame Aristophanes.Dear Professor ,My girlfriend, on whom I rely for advice in ethical matters, has researched Elsevier s business model in some detail She says that, after careful consideration, she would not be able to sleep with someone who continued to review for an Elsevier journal.Given my girlfriend s uncompromising stance on this issue, I am afraid that I must decline your offer to review this paper and ask you to remove me permanently from your list of reviewers Sincerely, Lysistrata s Guy How old is the idea of women withholding sex from men to get what they want Well, apparently as far back as 405 BC, because that s what happens in this hilarious and bawdy Greek comedy In this play it was en masse with the singular purpose of bringing peace between the warring Athenians and Spartans Did it work Well, what do you think TV Commercial Does your husband and the men of Athens just want to wage war Do they ignore your pleas for peace no matter how long the Peloponnesian War has been going on Tired of your men s stupid decisions in such a trying time Do you wish to end it Well women of Athens, you are in luck, we have the solution for you, withhold sex from your husbands and lovers, that will bring them back with their tails between their feet and a signed peace document Women of Athens Would that not just cr TV Commercial Does your husband and the men of Athens just want to wage war Do they ignore your pleas for peace no matter how long the Peloponnesian War has been going on Tired of your men s stupid decisions in such a trying time Do you wish to end it Well women of Athens, you are in luck, we have the solution for you, withhold sex from your husbands and lovers, that will bring them back with their tails between their feet and a signed peace document Women of Athens Would that not just create divisions between the sexes and a sort of war between the citizens TV Commercial ehhhh, most likely But, their idiocy must be stopped.Lysistrata You have got a deal I am starting now Women let us meet My time has come to convince you to withhold sex so we can have peace This cannot possibly backfire Now that that is aside, THIS IS NEITHER A FEMINIST PLAY, NOR A PACIFIST ONE I understand why modern readers might interpret it as such, but at the time it was written,and many years after, it was clear that the view was that women were a nuisance that needed to be protected from themselves It basically begins with these linesLYSISTRATA There are a lot of things about us women That sadden me, considering how men See us as rascals.CALONICE As indeed we are Not the greatest sentence for a supposedly feminist play Now this is also quite a crude play, maybe evenso than the Bard himself In it men walk about with erect penises for no other reason that them being denied sex and unable to control erections We have a woman that sort of teases her lover by saying she will do him and them promptly bringing a bed, a mattress, a pillow, a blanket, some oil, and then ends up running back up to the Acropolis where the women are holding out Their oath to not have sex tells them not to do a certain sexual pose that apparently was popular back then I would say this play is a bit offensive to men, not as much as women, but it does dictate that men cannot function unless their penis is inside someone s vagina That kind of does them a disservice Here s a few reasons why it is not feminist The first lines of the play as written above Majority of women, except Lysistrata, are presented as voluptuaries A magistrate arrives and starts spouting about how women are hysterical and that men should keep better hold of them He proceeds to also claim they have too much of a liking to wine, promiscuous sex, and for some weird reasons, exotic cults There are two women with these names seed market porridge vegetable sellers and garlic innkeeping bread sellers Lysistrata uses a woman for her beauty to distract the men enough to have them sign peace I did laugh nonetheless, I prefer to read it as satire, it makes the funny and cringe worthy moments all thefun It had been quite awhile since I contemplated over any books let alone penning a critical appraisal on Goodreads It was tough trying to get words out of the overwhelming emotional vortex an obstinate ketchup bottle ignoring the need of a fried potato for the tangy goodness So, when Brian suggested a group reading of Lysistrata, I was a bit apprehensive A Greek playwright crossing the dreaded course of fallen heroic tragedies evenremorse to my cerebral coma not a luxurious indulgence It had been quite awhile since I contemplated over any books let alone penning a critical appraisal on Goodreads It was tough trying to get words out of the overwhelming emotional vortex an obstinate ketchup bottle ignoring the need of a fried potato for the tangy goodness So, when Brian suggested a group reading of Lysistrata, I was a bit apprehensive A Greek playwright crossing the dreaded course of fallen heroic tragedies evenremorse to my cerebral coma not a luxurious indulgence at the moment Lysistrata is a woman s name yes it is and sex is the weapon used to hem the broken olive branchTo husband or lover, I ll not open arms Though love and denial may enlarge his charms But still at home, ignoring him, I ll stay Bountiful, clad in saffron silk all day If then he seizes me with by dint of force, I ll give him reason for a long remorse I ll never lie and stare up at the ceiling Nor like a lion on all four go kneeling If I keep faith then bounteous cups be mine Do you swear to this Then I shall immolate the victim thusHolding a pair of olive logs, a vine torch and a small pot of live embers Lysistrata and her women folk thus embarked on an egalitarian journey within the locked Acropolis citadel a long awaited unified cry of misplaced wisdom Neither the pointless sexist blabber from unassailable old men who rather burn the protesters than give a patient ear nor the wailing of desperate husbands and lovers could shake the well rooted fortitude of this rebellious bunch Peace is what they strive at the cost of their fornication We pay taxes, manage finesse with domestic budgetary, and give birth to descendants who will render their youth to deathly absurdities in a unproductive war Abandoned voices yearning to be heard outside the bedroom in the ubiquitous courtyards of masochism I m a free woman screams this slap stick engaging play Aristophanes delineated a cohesive front an equalized gender dais debating the validity of aggressive hostilities Wars not only annihilate countries but families too Common sense is a rarity and idiocy the universal daily crow of a proud rooster Underestimating the weak is the biggest blunder of an astute strategist And, Groupthink is not just a term coined by a confident Mr Janis harried egocentric faulty pronouncements can even corrupt sincerity Remember theBay of PigsNevertheless all is not lost and the inbred humor prances around like a spring rabbit One cannot help but laugh when distressed over the abstinence issue Myrrhine s husband Cinesias brings their child to convince to come back to a lovely home and a lonely husband Even after pledging to bringpeace to the land, Myrrhine does not give in to the carnal needs bringing Cinesias to tear his hair outCINESIASA wicked thing, as I repeat.O Zeus, O Zeus,Canst Thou not suddenly let looseSome twirling hurricane to tearHer flapping up along the airAnd drop her, when she s whirled around,Here to the groundNeatly impaled upon the stakeThat s ready upright for her sakeBaudrillard was precise in inferring the power of seduction to be greater than the act itselfMaster the kitchen, master the bedroom and so shall rule your husband The evergreen thumb rule of triumph of one of my elderly aunt s long lasting marriage In a world devoid of any sex toys or cinematic screenings, sex and food was the ultimate seduction of powerBuy me the silver or no midnight climaxes You want me to clean after you my closed legs will be your eternal marriage giftCan sex be really used as a weapon by ladies of all societal strata Power seekers beware of the fairer sex for they have unfailing artillery Is the abstinence of sex capable of stopping mindless male aggression of power Could Silvio Berlusconi minimize the impact of EU crisis if Ruby had protested the Bunga Bunga Gaddafi would not have met with such a brutal death for being a scoundrel of a dictator An excellent point put forth by Brian, about the Iraq War wonders if the search of the indiscernible WMDs would have stopped if Mrs.Bush along with Mrs Blair transpired Lysistrata proposal at the White House The new democratic gesticulation could discipline the wildest of men, Napoleon would have been the best candidate as the saying goes small men huge ego Aristophanes is undoubtedly a visionary for banishing the discrepancies of gender biases bequeathing the weaker sex with a new leash of power and control Nowill the patriarchal societies characterize gender roles and women no longer will be pretty bodies sitting on a vagina Lysistrata s protest was not designated to demoralize the validity of manhood, but an outright memo of the rarity of common sense and advocacy of peace over a senseless war fought for decades The weak can be strong when they stand up for their rights and cannot be easily dismissed by mere ignorance Not only wars, but numerous crimes against can be stopped with the ongoing strategy The only fear looms is of how long it will be until the newly acquired democratic forum spits an authoritative fire But, that is yet a farsighted destination and as of now, peace was ultimately restored and the Greeks merrily celebrated with abundance wine and sex Wasn t that sex the ultimate catch after allLYSISTRATAEarth is delighted now peace is the voice of earth.Spartans, sort out your wives Athenians, yours.Let each catch hands with his wife and dance his joy,Dance out his thanks, be grateful in music,And promise reformation with his heels How do you translate comedy that isthan 25 centuries old With ease apparently, Lysistrata, first performed way back in 411 BC is just as funny now as it must have been for the ancient Greeks It was while holidaying in the Peloponnese that it occurred to me to brush up on the ancient Greek classics A good decision since it really contextualised all the history I was literally walking over every day.The play commences in 431 404 BC with the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta Alm How do you translate comedy that isthan 25 centuries old With ease apparently, Lysistrata, first performed way back in 411 BC is just as funny now as it must have been for the ancient Greeks It was while holidaying in the Peloponnese that it occurred to me to brush up on the ancient Greek classics A good decision since it really contextualised all the history I was literally walking over every day.The play commences in 431 404 BC with the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta Almost all the men are engaged in what seems to be an interminable conflict It is Athenian woman, Lysistrata who decides on an unusual course of action to bring the war to an end and restore peace she calls on women from all the warring states to refuse their men sex until peace is achieved As you can imagine, this may have been a measure welcomed by many women, but generally unpopular with the gents There is much debate between the women leading this movement and the men in power, and the dialogue is very witty and funny as justifications for and arguments against are bantered back and forth Aristophanes is known primarily as a comedian and the play is certainly amusing, though the underlying message is quite sombre there are very few solutions to war In reality the Peloponnesian War has been raging for twenty years by the time the play was first staged, and it still wasn t over The powerhouse that had been Athens was effectively reduced to a pile of rubble and Sparta emerged as the new seat of power Albeit at a massive cost to life It equally raises pertinent questions about the traditional roles of women in society and highlights gender inequality the fact that the women know that the most effective tool to curb men s behaviour is through their bodies clearly underlines that not much has changed in terms of gender bias over the centuries An exceptional and timely read for me The ancient Greeks never cease to amaze me with their skills and knowledge in just about everything Make sure you read a well translated copy This was hilarious Women withholding sex until all the men stopped the war What an imaginative idea I especially liked how the women fought against their own desires despite being in heat Several laugh out loud moments for me. LysistrataSome Greek men, you ll discover,Being a lesser loverThan a renderer of war,Treat their wives much like a whore.So one day, Lysistrata,Equipped with all the data,Reckoned upon a tacticTo withhold love climactic.She aimed to end all conflictWith some cohorts she had picked,To flaunt breasts and nothing hide,Though, til peace, men were denied.Males came with their pricks erect,Revealed for all to inspect,Still their wives rejected them,Until war they would condemn.So the violence did dec LysistrataSome Greek men, you ll discover,Being a lesser loverThan a renderer of war,Treat their wives much like a whore.So one day, Lysistrata,Equipped with all the data,Reckoned upon a tacticTo withhold love climactic.She aimed to end all conflictWith some cohorts she had picked,To flaunt breasts and nothing hide,Though, til peace, men were denied.Males came with their pricks erect,Revealed for all to inspect,Still their wives rejected them,Until war they would condemn.So the violence did decrease And the warring tribes made peace,A gently handled magic wandMade sure a double entendre.At play s end, the sun went downOn the whole of Athens townAnd nothing followed after,But the echoes of laughter Illustration by Norman Lindsay Lysistrata Is A Play By Aristophanes It Was Originally Performed In Greece In BC And Tells The Tale Of Women Using Their Sexuality To End The Peloponnesian War Lysistrata Convinces The Women Of Greece To Withhold Their Sexual Power From Their Husbands And Partners To Negotiate For Peace This Strategy Creates A Battle Between The SexesThe Play Lysistrata Gives Us Great Insight Into Male Female Relations In Ancient Greece Which Was A Male Dominated Society Lysistrata As The Protagonist, Is A Strong And Inspiring Character The Play Is Often Humorous, The Use Of Language Was Considered Explicit In Its TimeThe Foreword To The Book Below, By Jack Lindsay, Shows The Importance Of Aristophanes Play This Is Followed By Some Wonderful Quotes From LysistrataForeword The Intellectual And Spiritual Tendrils Of The Poem Are Truly Interwoven, The Operation Of Their Centers Nearly Unified And So The Work Goes Deeper Into Life It Is His Greatest Play Because Of This, Because It Holds An Intimate Perfume Of Femininity And Gives The Finest Sense Of The Charm Of A Cluster Of Girls, The Sweet Sense Of Their Chatter, And The Contact Of Their Bodies, That Is To Be Found Before Shakespeare, Because That Mocking Gaiety We Call Aristophanes Reaches Here Its Most Positive Acclamation Of Life, Vitalizing Sex With A Deep Delight, A Rare Happiness Of The Spirit Jack Lindsay Calonice, It S Than I Can Bear,I Am Hot All Over With Blushes For Our SexMen Say We Re Slippery Rogues Yet Summoned On The Most Tremendous BusinessFor Deliberation, Still They Snuggle In Bed Lysistrata My Dear, They Ll Come It S Hard For Women, You Know,To Get Away There S So Much To Do Husbands To Be Patted And Put In Good Tempers Servants To Be Poked Out Children WashedOr Soothed With Lullabys Or Fed With Mouthfuls Of Pap Calonice Are You Not Sad Your Children S FathersGo Endlessly Off Soldiering AfarIn This Plodding War I Am Willing To WagerThere S Not One Here Whose Husband Is At Home Lysistrata And Not The Slightest Glitter Of A Lover And Since The Milesians Betrayed Us, I Ve Not SeenThe Image Of A Single Upright ManTo Be A Marble Consolation To UsNow Will You Help Me, If I Find A MeansTo Stamp The War Out Lysistrata Lewd To The Least Drop In The Tiniest Vein,Our Sex Is Fitly Food For Tragic Poets,Our Whole Life S But A Pile Of Kisses And BabiesBut, Hardy Spartan, If You Join With MeAll May Be Righted Yet O Help Me, Help Me Lysistrata By The Two Goddesses, Now Can T You SeeAll We Have To Do Is Idly Sit IndoorsWith Smooth Roses Powdered On Our Cheeks,Our Bodies Burning Naked Through The FoldsOf Shining Amorgos Silk, And Meet The MenWith Our Dear Venus Plats Plucked Trim And NeatTheir Stirring Love Will Rise Up Furiously,They Ll Beg Our Arms To Open That S Our Time We Ll Disregard Their Knocking, Beat Them Off And They Will Soon Be Rabid For A PeaceI M Sure Of It Lysistrata This Kindle Book Has Been Hand Formatted And Includes A Linked Table Of Contents And Illustrations By Norman Lindsay And Renaissance Artists Enjoy

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