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No Sex For You: Togo Women Holding A Sex Strike

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When the women of the small African country of Togo want something, they truly take one for the team: in order to urge the president of Togo to resign, the women are holding a sex strike. A civil rights group called Let’s Save Togo is encouraging women to withhold sex from their husbands for one week in hopes it will push men to oust the current president. (At least one man already has suggested a shorter time period — two days — instead.) I confess to not understanding much about the culture of Togo but it seems that even withholding sex as part of a political  protest might not be easy for wives: One woman told the AP it will be “easy for me to observe it” but she is “not sure” her husband would “accept” the strike; another woman told the AP that “I know my husband will not let me complete it … He likes that too much.” Sex strikes have had successes before, however: The leader of the women’s wing of Let’s Save Togo said the group is taking their cue from Liberian women, whose 2003 sex strike helped bring peace to the country. And of course there is the famous Greek play “Lysistrata.” Good luck, ladies. [San Francisco State]

A Sex Strike We Can Really Get Behind

In the West African country of Gabon, Rose Francine Rogombe has been in power since June, when President Omar Bongo Ondimba died. And this weekend, there’s an election that will determine whether she stays at the helm of the country. Guess what some Gabonese men are willing to do if a man defeats her in the election? “Sleep with their clothes on.” That’s right girls … they’re going on a sex strike. Why? Because the leader of the Gabonese Liberation Movement, Samuel Ntoutoume Ndzeng, says the men will strike because “the power must remain with women.” I am totally pumping my fist right now—I don’t care who laughs at me. [AFP]

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When Kenyan Women Boycott Sex For Seven Days, Someone Is Bound To Sue

Last week, a faction of women’s groups in Kenya called for the country’s ladies to boycott sex for seven days to push political leaders to take a stand against the violence that’s broken out there since the last election. And one man, James Kimondo, is so mad at his wife for withholding sex that he’s actually suing her. “My wife has denied me my conjugal rights,” he claimed. “This has caused me anxiety and sleepless nights.” [Yahoo] — Dude, really? Keep reading »

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