Lysistrata in East Africa

Living classics.

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) — The fight for political reform in Kenya has moved into an unlikely venue — the nation’s bedrooms.

Activists in the East African nation are urging women to withhold sex for a week to protest the growing divide in Kenya’s coalition government.

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“This will accomplish nothing other than embarrass us,” said Martin Kamau, a resident of Nakuru, a major city northwest of the capital. “We are being punished, and yet we are not the ones causing the problems.”

Kamau plans to plead his case with his wife. “Seven days is just too much,” he said.

Not quite as good as the original.

LYSISTRATA
And not so much as the shadow of a lover! Since the day the Milesians betrayed us, I have never once seen an eight-inch gadget even, to be a leathern consolation to us poor widows…. Now tell me, if I have discovered a means of ending the war, will you all second me?

CLEONICE
Yes verily, by all the goddesses, I swear I will, though I have to put my gown in pawn, and drink the money the same day.

MYRRHINE
And so will I, though I must be split in two like a flat-fish, and have half myself removed.

LAMPITO
And I too; why to secure peace, I would climb to the top of Mount Taygetus.

LYSISTRATA
Then I will out with it at last, my mighty secret! Oh! sister women, if we would compel our husbands to make peace, we must refrain…

CLEONICE
Refrain from what? tell us, tell us!

LYSISTRATA
But will you do it?

MYRRHINE
We will, we will, though we should die of it.

LYSISTRATA
We must refrain from the male altogether…. Nay, why do you turn your backs on me? Where are you going? So, you bite your lips, and shake your heads, eh? Why these pale, sad looks? why these tears? Come, will you do it-yes or no? Do you hesitate?

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