Concluding our discussion of Aristophanes’s play with Lucy Lawless and Emily Perkins. We focus on trying to connect its lessons to the here and now: Is Lysistrata’s victory properly described as the ascension of some kind of “feminine spirit” over warlike values, and how does that actually relate to women’s struggles now to attain positions of power?
Is sex helpful to the state or a threat? Do people need to be oppressed to tamp down sex’s destructive potential? Of course, what you’ve always wanted out of a philosophy podcast is to hear us spitball about the appeal of Trump and gloss over various feminist slogans that we’d have to actually read something about in the future to evaluate properly.