Sex Strike! Lysistrata, the Body and Resistance Today (Antiuniversity)

21 Nov 2015

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London, United Kingdom


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  • Euston, Kings Cross St. Pancras
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We'll be exploring sex and politics in this participatory reading of Aristophanes' Lysistrata. Starting with an unpolished group performance, we'll then be talking sex, the body and activism – in the ancient world and today.


Join us for this group performance of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, as part of Antiuniversity Festival. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a group reading of the play, and this unpolished ‘performance' will be followed by a wider discussion of how sex and the body can be used in political protest.

Written in 411BC, Lysistrata is a comic play following the sexual politics of Ancient Greece. Led by the formidable Lysistrata, the women of Greece vow to hold a sex strike against their husbands and collectively storm the Acropolis, in the hope of bringing an end to the Peloponnesian War. 

This anti-war tale of sex, gender, politics and militancy will provide an excellent jumping off point to talk about contemporary instances of sex strikes, naked protest and other forms of body-related activism. Examples could include the women of the Filipino town of Dado who brought the end of a period of violence with a week-long sex strike, to Votes4Nudes, a Canadian Instagram campaign that aims to motivate previously apathetic voters by rewarding poling station selfies with saucy snaps.

We encourage participants to bring their own examples to share for an open-minded, supportive and fun discussion of the body, feminism, humour, and the common ground – and differences – between Lysistrata’s Greece and today.



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