Sex Strike in the Philippines for Peace

Posted by Gayatri Bajpai & filed under Politics, Sex & Relationships.

Esther Frid holds "El Atardecer de la Vida," a book she wrote about the stories of seven senior Latin American women living in Canada

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Women in Dado, Maguindanao launched a collective sex strike to bring peace to the continuous war strife in the troubled village. Armed clashes and tensions existed in two Mindanao villages and were resolved when the women told their husbands that they were no longer welcome at home unless they laid down their weapons, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The women in the village were part of a sewing group and could not sell their goods at the market since the road was closed due to the conflict. The group’s feisty leader, Hasna Kandatu, said that the women warned their husbands that they would experience a dry sex spell if they continued the disputes. When interviewers spoke to her husband, Lengs Kupong, he told them that his wife said “If you do bad things, you will be cut off, here,” he said, motioning below his waist.

Needless to say, the women in this Muslim clan have got things under control.

Although the situation in the Philippines is hailed by many news channels and reporters as a global phenom, sex strikes are deeply rooted in history and were used quite often in pre-colonial Africa by women who wanted to express their discontent towards their husbands.

In 2006, wives and girlfriends of gang members in Colombia launched a sex strike called “La huelga de las piernas cruzadas” (the strike of crossed legs) in response to the 480 killings in the city of Pereira.

In 2009, women’s activist groups in Kenya enforced a week-long sex ban on their partners to protest the infighting plaguing the nation’s government.

And why not? They say sex sells. In this case, the lack of sex just isn’t worth it for these men.

Enjoy the UNCHR video on how the movement came to be:

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