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The Lysistrata presents women taking matters into their own hands against men who seem bent both on destroying their family life by staying away from home for long periods of time while on military campaign The women also felt the men were prolonging a pointless war One of my favorite quotes in the play is Lysistrats speech to the other women that states I am a woman and yes I have brains And Im not badly off for judgment Nor has my education been bad coming as it has from my listening often to the conversations of my father and the elders among the men Lysistrata learned from her environment by being around the older men Therefore she decided to be a revolutionist and take matters into her own hands to put things back to the way they once were I think to truly understand the ironic part of this story we must look back at how these women were treated in each of their societies The Women of Sparta were taught to read and write but they were also expected to be able to protect themselves A womens education was as equally brutal as a mans and included many athletic events such as javelin discs foot races and staged battles In many events Spartan women would run naked in their athletic feats The women were expected and driven to produce strong healthy children and to be loyal to their state Marriage for Spartan women was a non- ceremonial event The women were abducted in the night by her suitor her head was shaved and she was made to wear mens clothing and lye on a straw pallet in the dark From there she would meet her husband for procreative reasons Any Spartan man could abduct a wife which lead to a system where people had numerous husbands and wives The role of Spartan women was not limited to procreation and marriage They could
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