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Lysistrata

Being performed by Theatre@First http://www.theatreatfirst.org/shows/lysistrata/lysistrata.shtml
and I went tonight. Shallow reactions: wacky play, decent and imaginative adaptation, was happy to pay $5 for "pay what you can" night, not sure if I'd be happy with the normal $15. Program notes that the original play isn't feminist at all, it's using the utter absurdity of women having power and accomplishing things as a hook for an anti-war message. The play as performed included an exchange like "women can't run the treasury!" "women run household finances! how is that different?" "it just is!" which sounds a bit feminist in effect if it was in the original, whether or not Aristophanes knew what he was doing. Program notes that they replace multiple choruses with lots of individual and distinctively dressed women... My reservations about full price are more about Aristophanes than about the performance group.

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Was social all weekend so no parking reading then, and book has since returned to the library, blogging is on hold until I can buy a copy. Will probably switch back to the Indus in the meantime.

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fpb
Mar. 16th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
That gale of laughter you heard a little while ago from somewhere to your east was me reacting to the idea that Aristophanes, or any ancient Greek whatever, could be anything but a woman-hater savage enough to make the Taliban look liberal. I think I may have got a little big loud.
mindstalk
Mar. 16th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
Epicurus was infamous for teaching philosophy to slaves and women. So I think your "any ancient Greek [man] whatever" is over the top.

Plus a quick look around shows a surprising apparent respect for women's potential in Plato's _The Republic_. "The Republic states that women in Plato's ideal state should work alongside men, receive equal education and share equally in all aspects of the state. The sole exception was that women were to work in capacities which did not require as much physical strength.[5]"

And Plato calling Sappho the "tenth Muse".

Edited at 2013-03-16 06:57 pm (UTC)
fpb
Mar. 16th, 2013 07:14 pm (UTC)
Epicurus also taught slaves. Quite right, and gives you an idea what the position of women was. Epicurus, of course, was very much an outsider and something of a butt for the majority. And the essence of Plato's teaching in that area was that it was possible to make women more like men, which also strikes me as not exactly a compliment to the female sex. (Whatever he said about any poet must be qualified by the fact that he wanted to run the poets as a class outta town.) That the feminine was miserable and debased in and of itself was the common currency of Greek thought.

Edited at 2013-03-16 07:16 pm (UTC)
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