As with most problems in our world, there really are simple answers; people just keep getting in the way.
In a recent interview, Stephen Soderberg, the director, mentioned that people who dig in their heels against new ideas with the defense of “I don’t believe in that”, will stop a creative process dead.
Women are embattled. This is indisputable fact. There is a War on Women. This is not news to anyone who’s paying attention and sees women as people.
Men in government (which to me has become synonymous with despotic, mean, cruel and vindictive, not to mention pompous, condescending and disdainful of the general public) are working their hardest to make sure that the majority of us can’t have nice things; women especially,
I believe there is an extremely, almost embarrassingly simple remedy for this. It is as old as time, and it is classic, written about in Greek mythology and recently given a musical theatre treatment that, in my not-so-humble opinion would have been saved from total turkeydom with a John Water’s treatment and some Julie Taymor production values. If you haven’t guessed it by the hashtag header, I’ll ‘splain.
I suggest the Lysistrata Project. Lysistrata, the title character in Aristophanes comedy, “…persuades the other women to withhold sexual privileges from their menfolk as a means of forcing them to end the interminable Peloponnesian War.” I propose that the Women of America withhold sex from their men until legislation stops being anti-woman. Of course, sex workers would have to be on board with the whole thing. As a matter of fact, considering the behavior of the boys in DC, they would be the most important players. I may have to do a kickstarter so that I can compensate these Generals and make it worth their while.
The majority of the population in America is female. Many of them are heterosexual and in relationships; committed or otherwise. I would be interested to see what would happen if the bargaining chip for a man’s pleasure became a call to a legislator insisting that women’s issues stop being abused and start being respected. No blow jobs, no hand jobs, no pussy. Unless they make a phone call. ONE. PHONE. CALL.
I hope you’ll join me. #lysistrataproject