Not content to pacify their own men, the emancipated Atheniennes reach out to their distaff Spartan counterparts and convince them to pursue the same strategy. The play ends with the signing of a peace treaty and a party that may or may not (stage directions were notoriously bare in those days) climax in an orgy.
In America today, women truly are facing a conservative media that is at war with them. Think that’s over-the-top? On October 20, Fox’s Bill O’Reilly told viewers that “American women continue to favor Democrats no matter what happens to the nation“.
On October 21, after Fox’s Greg Gutfeld suggested that young women lack the wisdom to vote as conservatives, co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle suggested that they should be excused from jury duty, because they lack life experience and just “don’t get it.” Instead, she said, they should “go back on Tinder or Match.com.” A few years ago an audibly enraged Limbaugh snarled that America’s “problems all began when women got the right to vote“.
I recommend that women (and men) follow Aristophanes admittedly tongue-in-cheek tactic. If your spouse or lover insists on consuming right-wing misogynist media, cut him (or her) off (figuratively). No more sex until the radio stops blaring the Limbaugh-Hannity station. You want some loving? Turn off Fox.
Is this unrealistic? Hardly. I mean do you really want to be close to somebody whose media favorites are so contemptuous, so dismissive, so derisive of you (or someone you love)? Really?
The Peloponnesian war ended with Athens in tatters and Sparta victorious but fatally weakened. Perhaps this tragic and unnecessary outcome occurred because, as far as historians can tell, the women of Greece never pursued Aristophanes strategy. Now may be a good time to reconsider its wisdom.