Spike Lee: College women should go on ‘sex strike’ to combat campus rape

Spike Lee: College women should go on ‘sex strike’ to combat campus rape

[Ed. – Back in the Dark Ages when things were all terrible for women and stuff, this was called “being chaste.”  Renaming the same old measure doesn’t seem like the real thing that’s going on here.]

Spike Lee has said a sex strike by women could help prevent sexual harassment on US college campuses.

“I think a sex strike could really work on college campuses where there’s an abundance of sexual harassment or date rapes,” Lee told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show on US television. “Second semester it’s going to happen. Once people coming back from Christmas and some stuff jumps off, there’s going to be sex strikes in universities and college campuses across this country.” …

The director was discussing his new film Chi-Raq with Colbert. Based on Lysistrata, a satire by Aristophanes, the film follows a group of women on the south side of Chicago who decide to fight gun crime by withholding sex from their men. In real life, the film has reportedly inspired a group of 37 women to follow suit.

Lee was criticised by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel earlier this year for appropriating Chi-Raq – a rap slang term used to compare the violence in Chicago’s Englewood neighbourhood to that seen in the Iraq war zone – as his film’s title.

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