In one Colombian town, women say no sex until their demands are met October 30, 2013Posted by rogerhollander in Colombia, Latin America, Peace.
Tags: aristophanes, barbacaos, Colombia, colombian women, crossed legs, lysistrata, roger hollander, sex strike, shirin jaafari
Roger’s note: Apparently, someone in Colombia has read Lysistrata, and Colombian women are acting in the honorable tradition of Aristophanes’s clever, courageous and creative peace-loving Greek women. Or maybe they just figured it out on their own. I read today that a Republican Senator, who just discovered that his child is gay, is now considering changing his mind to support the Senate bill that would give equal protection to gay men and women. When it hits home it become real. Wouldn’t it be great if women worldwide took heed and followed Aristophanes’s strategy with respect to their soldiers and generals and politicians and arms and nuclear merchants and destroyers of the peace and the biosphere. Last night I the strangest dream …”
Women in the small town of Barbacaos in southwest Colombia have been sleeping on the sofa for the past few days.
“Colombians like to say you go to the end of the Earth and take a left — that’s where this place is located,” he said.
And the women say the conditions of that road is so bad that it takes them 12 to 14 hours to get to the nearest hospital. Otis says even pregnant women have died in the back of ambulances, trying to get to a hospital to give birth.
That’s why they’ve gone on a sex strike, dubbed the “crossed legs movement.”
This however, is not the first time that women living in Barbacaos have gone on a sex strike. In 2011 they used the same method, demanding the road be fixed. They were promised a new and improved road, but after two years, there was no improvement.
But they haven’t given up and once again, they’ve gone on strike.
Otis says it’s not just the residents of Barbacaos who suffer from bad road conditions in Colombia. He says difficult terrain, such as in the Andes mountains, and a guerrilla war that rages on, all make it very difficult to build new roads and maintain old ones.
“If you’re going to send a container of Colombian goods to China, it will cost you more to bring it to a Colombian port than to get it from that Colombian port all the way across the other side of the world to China,” he says.
This time it seems that members of the “crossed legs movement” are actually getting results.
Otis says he’s seen pictures of bulldozers and heavy machinery on the road, starting repairs.