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  1. Women Go on a Sex Strike Until Their Road Is Fixed

    In Aristophanes’ famous antiwar play, Lysistrata, the women refused to have sex until the Peloponnesian War was ended. In a less famous but potentially more practical real-life adaptation, women in a Colombia town started a sex strike in 2011 until the shoddy road leading to their village was paved and no longer vulnerable to flooding and mudslides. At first blush, sex and transit might seem unrelated, but not when pregnant women were dying from their lack of ability to get to the hospital for births. Like Lysistrata, this story has a happy ending: a 5-mile stretch has now been paved — though, presumably to their partners’ chagrin, some women are saving themselves until the road is finished.

    Source: Global Post

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