In the playwright Aristophanes, a play in the ancient Greek, way back before your great great grandmother was born and before anyone you know off became a PhD holder in 411 BCE, there was a woman named Lysistrata.
This woman Lysistrata, a bawdy anti-war woman decided to embark on extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War.
To my sisters, the Kenyan women, as we Kenyans stand on the edge of a cliff into a full-blown war, where are you women? Starting from Margaret and Ida, to you, a woman reading these, what are you doing to salvage this situation?
As you cook for your men to energize them to go kill each other, as you strip naked, laying bare and spreading your legs wide open before your men, only for them to rush you through sex instead of satisfying you properly, are you not embarrassed that you are fuelling it all instead of standing up like Lysistrata in Aristophanes?
Your fellow woman, Lysistrata convinced the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands (men) as a means of forcing the men to negotiate a peace deal.
Lysistrata, was a strong Athenian woman with a great sense of individual responsibility, she revealed her plan to take matters into her own thighs and legs in order to end the interminable Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta.
She convened a meeting of women from various city states in Greece and, with support from the Spartan Lampito, she explained to other women her plan: that they are to withhold sexual privileges from their menfolk as a means of forcing them to bring an end to the war.
Her fellow women, as dubious as most Kenyan women nowadays, they became reluctant at first, but the deal was sealed with a long and solemn oath around a wine bowl.
The women agreed to abjure all sexual pleasures, including various specifically mentioned sexual positions, dog style, missionary, wheelbarrow, banana, helicopter and other sexual styles.
Another part of Lysistrata’s plan came to fruition when she convinced old women of Athens to seize control of the nearby Acropolis, which held the state treasury, without which the men could no long continue to fund their war.
Kenyan women, seated in your comfort zones, what are you doing? Or your role is to encourage your husband, your man or boyfriend to show manhood by killing each other – are you one of them on Facebook urging men to go fight?
The word of Lysistrata revolt spread fast and the other women retreated behind the barred gates of the Acropolis to await the men’s response do you know how men responded learning that they could not have sex until they stop the war?.
A Chorus of bumbling old men arrived, intent on burning down the gate of the Acropolis if the women do not open up their legs. However, before the men could make their preparations to force entry, a second Chorus of old women arrived bearing pitchers of water.
An argument ensured, threats were exchanged, the old women successfully defended their younger comrades and the old men received a good soaking in the process.
Men took women led by Lysistrata to court….
Lysistrata restored some order after the fracas, and allowed the magistrate to question her about her scheme and the war.
Lysistrata explained to the magistrate the frustrations that women were feeling during the time of war, when the men made all stupid decisions that affected everyone and their wave’s opinions didn’t matter.
My main concern right now in Kenya is, where are Kenyan women?
Where are Kenyan women like Lisistrata in the Aristophanes?
The writer is some crazy guy
Ule jamaa alikuwanga majuu
Saa hii anachoma mahindi kule pungoma
By Masika Wakwoma aka Twista aka Fulstop
(In his true element)