Alyssa Milano Renews Call For ‘Sex Strike,’ Says Women Will Be ‘Thrown In Prison’

The idea isn’t new. In fact, it first appeared in 411 B.C.

Lysistrata was an ancient Greek comedy first performed in classical Athens. The plot revolves around Lysistrata, a woman who embarks on a mission to end the Peloponnesian War by denying all men any sex until the fighting ends.

Fast forward 2,430 years. Now, actress Alyssa Milano has had the same brilliant idea.

 

“Our reproductive rights are being erased,” she wrote on Twitter. “Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy. JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back. I’m calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on.”

Milano has made the new/ancient call in response to protest Georgia’s new “heartbeat bill,” which outlaws abortion after a fetus’s heartbeat is deemed detectable. The movement was widely mocked on social media, but Milano is pressing forward with the strike.

On Monday, Milano wrote a CNN op-ed with Waleisah Wilson defending her call.

“Sure, it’s been a mixed reaction, but it got the country talking about the GOP’s undeniable war on women. And let’s face it, with so much going on every day in the news, sometimes we need an extreme response to get national attention,” she wrote.


But she said a “sex strike” can be effective. “When utilized as part of a broader strategy of coordinated action, sex strikes can raise awareness and achieve a wide range of political objectives. This is just one tool available in the fight for reproductive justice and abortion access — we must also support the organizations and individuals working courageously on the front lines by supporting them,” she wrote.

As the criticism poured in, Milano took to Twitter, where she posted seven tweets defending the call, saying she is reminding people of “the Republican war against women.”

Then Milano made her big finish.

“So f*** on! Yes! We’ve earned our right to sexual pleasure,” she tweeted in the last of the seven-part thread. “But remember, they’re also trying to take away our access to birth control. If you get pregnant & exercise your right to choose your own destiny & healthcare, you may be thrown in prison.”

 

 

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