Fighting Dirty: Women, War, and Gender Politics from Athens to America with Dr. Donna Zuckerberg

Wednesday, February 19, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Fromm Hall - FR 125 - Maraschi Room

This event is free and open to the public.

“There’s no beast more stubborn than a woman; neither fire nor leopard is more ruthless.” Aristophanes Lysistrata 1014-15   So say the men of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, incensed that their wives would dare to involve themselves in politics. At first glance, the women of the Lysistrata seem to be the original feminists, taking control of the city and forcing their men to end a long-drawn war by instituting a sex strike. The most widely read of Aristophanes’ plays, the Lysistrata has frequently been used as a call to activism against both misogyny and violence. But how “feminist” was this work, and how does the characters’ use of their bodies as bargaining chips reinforce rather than challenge misogynist norms? In this event, Dr. Donna Zuckerberg (editor of Eidolon and author of Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age) investigates the interaction of sex, gender, and violence in Aristophanes’ play, shedding light both on the gender politics of ancient Athens and of the modern world. A screening and discussion of Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq—an adaptation of the Lysistrata that addresses gang violence in modern-day Chicago—will accompany this lecture.