Feminism : Women 's Rights On The Grounds Of Political, Social, And Economic Equality

791 Words Oct 24th, 2014 4 Pages
During 411 B.C., Greek women were limited to living within a masculine society. In this time women were depicted as housewives. When it came to the government, women had no political rights. At the beginning, Lysistrata enacts the conventional and traditional characterization of women in Greece and also distances Lysistrata from this clichéd housewife character. Lysistrata portrays the females of Athens as teaming up women of Sparta to force their husbands to end the Peloponnesian War. Feminism is the advocacy of women 's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Lysistrata take place before there was a term and definition for feminism. Women came together and stood for one common cause and belief and do what it takes to achieve peace and stability. Lysistrata comes up with the oath, because the war is taking a toll on the wives and family of the soldiers, and also, the whole Greece. The way the Lysistrata goes by getting peace and stability is not a traditional act, but her idea does what the definition of feminism states and create change. In the oath, Lysistrata states that the women should refuse sex with their men until the war ends. During this time, women were not allowed to hold that much power. The men could no longer function and are in turn submissive to the demands of the women. It is through strong leadership of Lysistrata and Lampito that they succeed, because the other women were able to give in. Lysistrata embrace the idea…

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