problem withholding sex from her husband, who is curiously never mentioned, though all the other women waver. When she first greets Lampito, she sizes her up like a man chasing his conquest. She compliments her skin and her strength and her breasts. And, because of the acting styles of the times, we can only assume there was a lot of touching involved. This does not seem to be very womanly behavior. As someone who is the leader of all these women on a quest to return their husbands home using very womanly methods, she does not she acts more like the general of an army keeping his soldiers in line than a woman desperate for a war to end. When the other women come to her, begging to go back to their homes, she lectures them and criticizes the weakness of women. She does not, however, take part in any of the action. She coaches the women in what to do but is removed from it all herself. When Myrrhine meets with her husband, Lysistrata tells her how to act and watches from a distance, but does not get involved. She does not assist the older women in the taking of the Acropolis either. This is important in showing her rank and power to the men in the play. When they find out who she is, they know she is the person they must deal with and ultimate call upon to create the treaty between Sparta and Athens. It is this, her removal from the baser work and her greater knowledge and wit and intelligence than the other women that allows her to take this position of power. It allows her to be the one make the treaty, regardless of the fact that it would never have been allowed in real life. She plays such a masculine character that she can get away with doing things that are generally reserved for men. Because of limited knowledge of Aristophanes' intentions and political views during his life, we do not know whether this play was supposed to be political commentary or whether it's meaning stopped at the tongue-in-cheek humor and satire of women. Directors who adapt the play now tend to interpret it as feminist and anti-war, because doing other wise would be offensive to just about everyone.
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