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YMMV / Lysistrata

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  • Funny Moments: Pretty much the entire play. The lengths that the men go to to end the war so that their wives will have sex with them again is hysterical.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Now that the Lysistrata Gambit is something women are not only allowed, but required to do, the humor can be hard to get for modern readers.
  • Squick: Some of the...detailed descriptions of the effect the men's sexual frustration was having on their private parts.
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  • Values Dissonance: A lot of modern readers interpret the play as being feminist and/or pacifist, but it was definitely not the former and only partially the latter. Much of the comedy derives from the total absurdity of women involving themselves in politics and even taking over the city of Athens, and while the play does support an end to The Peloponnesian War, Lysistrata at one point chides the men for thinking of allying with barbarians.
  • Values Resonance: Became popular during the Iraq War for the emphasis on peace being stopped by corrupt politicians.


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