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Belgian Senator Proposes Sex Strike

Taking a cue from Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, a Belgian senator is calling for a “sex strike” to thaw partisan differences that have kept the country’s Dutch-speaking north and French-speaking south from forming a government for eight months. Marleen Temmerman, also a gynecologist who works in Kenya, said she got the idea from Kenyan women who called a sex strike in 2009 to demand a political solution. “Within a month a deal was done,” she said. "When a situation is dire and nothing is moving, either you become a cynic or you react with humor." Belgium is approaching the world record for most days without a government, which is currently held by Iraq.

February 9, 2011 11:28 AM