by Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
When all else fails, try no sex. Chicago’s street violence is so bad that a very brave and self-composed South Side woman, April Lawson, is organizing black women to vow no sex until the killing stops, like now! “Make sure these fools put down their guns,” she’s telling her lady warriors. And her sex strike mission is based on Aristophanes’ classic Greek play, “Lysistrata!” To stop the perpetual war between Athens and Sparta, a strong Athenian woman “explains to the other women: They are to withhold sexual privileges from their menfolk as a means of forcing them to bring an end to the war.”
What set Ms. Lawson off was seeing long lines of black males camped out in front of a new Chicago shoe store. “You’re watching these guys just like buying gym shoes and carrying on like life is normal,” Lawson said. “I saw the trailer to ‘Chi-Raq.'” Both Spike Lee and mother and activist from Auburn Gresham depict sex as the real change agent, and they mean business. “I vow to stay celibate until black men organize and create a strategy to keep the peace in our neighborhoods.” Lawson is saying! A gorgeous, young, Black female stands front and center in the video trailer surrounded by her other frustrated female cohorts. She’s wearing a black under bra with an over bra in purple. She’s mad, and she’s not going to take it anymore, no pun intended!
The Peloponnesian War between the two big city states had grown intolerable and endless. Deciding to take matters into her own hands, Lysistrata, “a strong Athenian woman with a great sense of individual responsibility,” convenes a large meeting of only females and outlines her sex strike to end war. “They are to withhold sexual privileges from their menfolk as a means of forcing them to bring an end to the war,” she details. “The women agree to abjure all sexual pleasures, including various specifically mentioned sexual positions,” to bring Athens and Sparta to peace.
Other stage action in the Greek fable involves the older Athenian women’s seizure of the state treasury in the Acropolis. So without sex or money, the young guys are in a world of hurt. The women’s oath was solemn and sealed around a wine bowl! A state judge comes on stage to chastise the men for being unable to control their womenfolk. When his constables try to break into the Acropolis to seize the needed war funds, they “quickly are overwhelmed by groups of unruly women with long, strange names.” While peace talks between Athens and Sparta eventually were solved after a naked figure of Reconciliation dances provocatively in front of the men, solving Chicago’s gang wars may not be so easy.
More people are being killed on the South and West sides than in Afghanistan, according to some reports. The recent revenge killing of a little 9 year old boy to get back at his father is beyond horrific! South side violence is so bad that reportedly Comcast has pulled its technicians from the area! So with no sex and no television, what are the gangs to do! One observer even said when a gang shoot-out took place on either side of the Dan Ryan Expressway, the gang bangers were just left to sort themselves out with their own guns and bullets.
How ironic that Chicago has the toughest gun laws in the country. The city of broad shoulders is full of the Obama-Clinton-Alinsky philosophy of “rubbing resentments raw” to bring change for the oppressed. The Democrat City Council and succeeding Democrat mayors continue the cycle of progressive politics that is killing the city and its inhabitants. Who knows, maybe April Lawson’s plan of no sex will work. “I vow to stay celibate until black men organize and create a strategy to keep the peace in our neighborhoods,” she says. She’s suggesting the silent no sex protest “might get them to think.”
But kidding aside, this Chicago street violence must stop. It’s a very bad scene. Why doesn’t
Mayor Emanuel ask the Governor to put Illinois’ National Guard on the street? Those innocent Chicago children and families do not deserve to live like this. If the Democrat political cabal really cared about their traditional voters, they would stop the violence now!