• Women of Togo go on a 'sex strike' for democracy
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[QUOTE](CNN) -- In a time of global political combustion, with calls for democracy sparking mass demonstrations, self-immolations and civil wars, the women of the small African country of Togo might be the first to try to bring down a dictator by staging a sex strike. The women, along with many men in Togo, have had enough of one-family rule. President Faure Gnassingbe took the presidency in 2005, shortly after the death of his father, who had held power for 38 years. The country has maintained a thin democratic façade, holding regular elections, but between father and son, the family has not relinquished power in four decades. Opposition protests demanding changes to the electoral law ahead of the next elections have resulted in clashes with security forces and mass arrests. So on Saturday, in front of thousands of people at a rally in the capital of Lome, the female members of the opposition group Let's Save Togo announced the deployment of their new weapon. [B]Isabelle Ameganvi, head of the women's wing of the group, called on all Togolese women to "keep the gate of your 'motherland' locked up" for a week. If all goes according to plan, this is the week during which Togo's men are having time to think about the motherland and about their yearning for, well, democracy.[/B] Organizers of the sex strike say they want to bring about the release of prisoners, and they want to motivate the men to take action against Gnassingbe. Ultimately, they want to see a true democratic change and the president to step down. The idea of using sex for political objectives is not new. Women, who throughout history have found themselves at a disadvantage with men holding most of the power, have long known that men have a special vulnerability when it comes to sex. Withholding sex has been used to achieve political goals before. As with every occasion when women have resorted to this tactic, the decision was reached after profound frustration with other methods. And it is a sign that women's power remains very limited that their best strategy is to pressure men to take action. [B]Some women say this tactic harms women by emphasizing their sexuality rather than their humanity. But Togo's activists say they are using their power wherever they can find it.[/B] [B]The idea of a sex strike has a history that goes all the way back to ancient Greece. In the play "Lysistrata," the women of Athens, fed up with the men's endless wars, decide to stop having sex with them until they put an end to the Pelopponesian War. The comedy was performed before Athenian audiences exactly 2,500 years ago.[/B] Interestingly, in the play by Aristophanes, the women do more than withhold sex. They also take over the Parthenon, where the city holds the treasury that funds the war, and they fight to hold on. It may take more than sex to persuade men to do the right thing, but "Lysistrata"-inspired actions have an illustrious and possibly successful track record. [B]In the countless times when women have launched sex strikes, it's impossible to know whether it was the lack of sex that ultimately produced the desired outcomes, because by the time women opted to brandish this weapon, they had tried many other ways. And it is also impossible to know just how thoroughly each strike was implemented. Or how many men resorted to sexual violence to break the strike.[/B] Still, there are some interesting examples of women achieving their objectives -- which, incidentally, always seem to benefit society at large, not just women -- after the sex strike was called. Whether one thing produced the other is a subject of debate. [B]The clearest case of success took place in the Colombian town of Barbacoas, where last year women launched their "crossed legs strike" to demand construction of a road. They would not have sex, they vowed, until the men managed to get a road built so that it wouldn't take 10 hours to reach the provincial capital just 35 miles away. Moved by the men's unimaginable suffering, the government agreed to build the road.[/B] A few years earlier, also in Colombia, the wives and girlfriends of gang members in the embattled city of Pereira said they would keep their legs crossed unless the men stopped the violence that had killed nearly 500 people. The murder rate reportedly dropped by 26.5%. But it wasn't ancient Greece or South America or a recent sex strike in the Philippines that inspired the Togolese pro-democracy activists. It was the amazing story of Liberia that gave them cause for optimism. In 2003, the Liberian people had endured 14 years of a brutal civil war that had torn the country apart. The leaders of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace organized a series of nonviolent actions, including a sex strike, demanding an end to the war. The group's leader, Leymah Gbowe, later won the Nobel Peace Prize, sharing with Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, another Liberian woman who was about to make history. Again, nobody knows just how important a role the no-sex portion of the protests played. But before the year was over, the parties to the conflict signed a peace deal ending the war and laying the groundwork for democratic elections. When Liberians went to the polls, the majority voted for Johnson-Sirleaf, the first woman elected president in Africa's history. Now that is a success story, because once women hold real political power, they no longer need to resort to sex strikes and other indirect means to express their views and obtain results. In the end, it's about giving all citizens, including women, a fair say in the political process. That's the ultimate goal in the struggle for true democracy.[/quote] Source: [url]http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/29/opinion/ghitis-sex-strikes/index.html?hpt=hp_bn2[/url]
[quote]Isabelle Ameganvi, head of the women's wing of the group, called on all Togolese women to [B]"keep the gate of your 'motherland' locked up"[/B] for a week.[/quote] haha oh god
[QUOTE=BlkDucky;37461868]haha oh god[/QUOTE] Look at what happened in Colombia "The clearest case of success took place in the Colombian town of Barbacoas, where last year women launched their "crossed legs strike" to demand construction of a road. They would not have sex, they vowed, until the men managed to get a road built so that it wouldn't take 10 hours to reach the provincial capital just 35 miles away. [I]Moved by the men's [B]unimaginable suffering[/B], the government agreed to build the road.[/I]"
watch the rape rate rise
Apparently my american girlfriends and wives are political activists? pretty sure theres a minor revolt everytime the trash doesnt get taken out.
[QUOTE=trotskygrad;37461976]watch the rape rate rise[/QUOTE] This is such a silly comment. As if an entire nation of women are going to stop fucking, I doubt even a few will. Also, rape rates rising because of no sex? If that were the case, a huge bunch of Facepunch's users would be rapists.
Rape just went up 85%
[QUOTE=loopoo;37462213]This is such a silly comment. As if an entire nation of women are going to stop fucking, I doubt even a few will. Also, rape rates rising because of no sex? If that were the case, a huge bunch of Facepunch's users would be rapists.[/QUOTE] Maybe, the poster meant cases of "legitimate" rape.
there was a greek play like this not sure why that was the first thing to come to mind for me, but hey
[QUOTE=Mr. Scorpio;37462310]there was a greek play like this not sure why that was the first thing to come to mind for me, but hey[/QUOTE] The play is mentioned in the article. In fact, it takes little under a quarter of the article. In fact, I had bolded it to point that out.
[QUOTE=trotskygrad;37461976]watch the rape rate rise[/QUOTE] Sex strikes are actually quite effective, surprisingly.
This is how you know the terrorists won
[QUOTE=Carlito;37464988]Sex strikes are actually quite effective, surprisingly.[/QUOTE] Do one for 10 years and you are missing an entire generation. That shit can be deadly.
[QUOTE=Rue Morgue;37462276]Maybe, the poster meant cases of "legitimate" rape.[/QUOTE] "legitimate" rape?
[QUOTE=trotskygrad;37461976]watch the rape rate rise[/QUOTE] This comment shows how little you know about rape and sex. These two things are not equivalent. The motivations are vastly different.
[QUOTE=Elspin;37465198]"legitimate" rape?[/QUOTE] Yeah, he's not talking about that fake rape shit, only legitimate rape gosh
[QUOTE=trotskygrad;37461976]watch the rape rate rise[/QUOTE] I was kind of thinking along similar lines, like there would be some that violently force themselves onto women to "teach them a lesson", but then I assumed that Togo probably isn't "barbaric" or overly-misogynistic or violent; i'm sure they're very much civilised folks. Here's hoping, at least. (this subject is kind of touchy, isn't it?) Also, apparently their main export of cash crops are coffee and cocoa.
Double standard as fuck in here, I bet if men would do the same as these women, no one would say 'rape goes up bla bla'. stop
[QUOTE=Rue Morgue;37462276]Maybe, the poster meant cases of "legitimate" rape.[/QUOTE] Tell me, is there any other kind of rape? We need to know these things just in case we end up accidentally raping someone.
[QUOTE=yawmwen;37465270]This comment shows how little you know about rape and sex. These two things are not equivalent. The motivations are vastly different.[/QUOTE] rape is a subset of activities that could be considered sex [sp]my original comment was a joke anyways, but your reply shows you know even less[/sp] [editline]30th August 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=ironman17;37467083][B]I was kind of thinking along similar lines, like there would be some that violently force themselves onto women to "teach them a lesson", but then I assumed that Togo probably isn't "barbaric" or overly-misogynistic or violent; i'm sure they're very much civilised folks. Here's hoping, at least. (this subject is kind of touchy, isn't it?)[/B] Also, apparently their main export of cash crops are coffee and cocoa.[/QUOTE] this, basically. Imagine if this was done in say... Somalia or Pakistan. [editline]30th August 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=loopoo;37462213]This is such a [B]silly[/B] comment. As if an entire nation of women are going to stop fucking, I doubt even a few will. Also, rape rates rising because of no sex? If that were the case, a huge bunch of Facepunch's users would be rapists.[/QUOTE] that was the point
[QUOTE=yawmwen;37465270]The motivations are vastly different.[/QUOTE] what [editline]30th August 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Chewgum`;37468348]Double standard as fuck in here, I bet if men would do the same as these women, no one would say 'rape goes up bla bla'. stop[/QUOTE] [del]uh well maybe because the number of male-on-female rapes dwarfs the number of female-on-male rapes it's a double standard only in the strictest possible sense, the meaning is clear though[/del] [editline]30th August 2012[/editline] actually wait no, now that I think about it, it might not be that simple
[QUOTE=DainBramageStudios;37469634]what [/QUOTE] Sex is done to fulfill sexual desires. Rape is done to control and cause pain to another human being. It's done for power, through a sexual act. These activities are nowhere near the same. People don't say "welp, can't find any sex, better go raping".
[QUOTE=yawmwen;37470789]Sex is done to fulfill sexual desires. Rape is done to control and cause pain to another human being. It's done for power, through a sexual act. These activities are nowhere near the same. People don't say "welp, can't find any sex, better go raping".[/QUOTE] rape can fulfill sexual desires.
well this is stupid, unless the women were fucking 24/7 and sex to the dudes was like heroin, then, only then would this work. As if they would have a hard time goin sex free for a week. inb4 rape levels rise [editline]30th August 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=yawmwen;37470789]Sex is done to fulfill sexual desires. Rape is done to control and cause pain to another human being. It's done for power, through a sexual act. These activities are nowhere near the same. People don't say "welp, can't find any sex, better go raping".[/QUOTE] that's exactly what people say, prisoners don't just rape dudes in prison cause they're all raging homosexuals, they aint gettin no sex so they take pretty disgusting measures.
[QUOTE=yawmwen;37470789]Rape is done to control and cause pain to another human being. It's done for power, through a sexual act.[/QUOTE] this is a myth
[QUOTE=trotskygrad;37469545]This, basically. Imagine if this was done in say... Somalia or Pakistan.[/QUOTE] Aye; that's kinda what I was relating to, areas where men still treat women as property. I was just trying to be politically correct and not say something stupid like "hopefully there aren't too many rapist barbarians/barbaric rapists in Togo", since that'd probably paint me as "imperialistic" or something.
[QUOTE=ironman17;37471224]Aye; that's kinda what I was relating to, areas where men still treat women as property. I was just trying to be politically correct and not say something stupid like "hopefully there aren't too many rapist barbarians/barbaric rapists in Togo", since that'd probably paint me as "imperialistic" or something.[/QUOTE] rape still exists in "civilized" countries too broski
Rape is the name of a criminal offense. Edit: This thread now discusses the meaning of the word rape from the point of view of the average middle class 16 year old facepuncher.
[QUOTE=yawmwen;37470789]People don't say "welp, can't find any sex, better go raping".[/QUOTE] actually yes they do, this is a pretty common form of rape ever wondered why most rapists are social outcasts who can't get sex the normal way?
[QUOTE=DainBramageStudios;37471232]rape still exists in "civilized" countries too broski[/QUOTE] woa woa waht are u implyin here???
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