So begins Lysistrata’s fight to end the Peloponnesian War by denying sex to all Greek men. Aristophanes’s play is a comedy, filled with playful banter, lewdness, and slapstick. But for all its crassness, it is still an inspirational story for women, and several groups of women worldwide have taken it upon themselves to mimic Lysistrata. These heroic women are flipping the normal intra-actions of war and sex on their heads, both by enabling disability and through diffraction.


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