Marleen Temmerman, a Belgian Senator, has the solution for the deadlock that has left Belgium without a government for 239 days and counting: a “sex strike”. She calls on the spouses of the negotiators to withhold sex until a deal is struck. (Via RTBF, in French.)Temmerman is a serious politician. A gynecologist by profession, she received a Life Achievement Award from the prestigious British Medical Journal for her political work on medical issues.
Temmerman points to Kenya, where a similar sex strike preceded the formation of a government by just a week. Of her proposal, she says “You never know. It’s better than cynicism.”
Of course, that’s an idea with a long history. In Aristophanes’ classic comedy Lysistrata, Greek women withhold sex from their husbands to end the Peloponnesian War.
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