Cheat-Seeking Missles

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Cross-Leggin' The Gangstas

It's a strategy as old as Lysistrata, and it still works!
A sex strike organised by the girlfriends of gang members in one of Colombia’s most violent cities to protest against a wave of murders has been hailed as a success by the local security chief.

The action became known in the Colombian media as the “crossed-leg strike” because of the women’s refusal to have sex with their men until they promised to give up violence.

After 10 days of abstinence the women of Pereira were said by the security chief to have proved that they could win their battle with “very noble weapons”.

As one gang member said: “You listen to your woman.”

Pereira, a city of 500,000 inhabitants, has one of the worst crime rates in the country, with 488 recorded murders last year; 90% of gang members killed were aged between 14 and 25.

The women produced a rallying song for local radio, which went: “I choose how, where and when I give in. Women united against violent men. Let’s close our legs." (source)
Good enough to stop the Peloponnesian War, and still good enough to stop a contemporary drug war. Unfortunately, it will never work to stop jihad, because if the young, largely unmarried jihadists have girlfriends who are putting out, they (the women, not the men) would be stoned to death and wouldn't have much power to influence.

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