A modern day Lysistrata is calling for a sex strike to end the bloodshed in her hometown of Chicago.
April Lawson was inspired by Spike Lee’s upcoming film “Chi-Raq,” which is about neighborhood women withholding sex from their gang banger lovers in hopes of getting them to put down the guns.
Lawson, who hails from the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, started an online petition requesting support from other women in the City. In the petition, Lawson cites the recent death of Tyshawn Lee as cause for the community to take action.
“I vow to stay celibate until black men organize and create a strategy to keep the peace in our neighborhood, the petition reads.
Amazon is set to premier Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” a musical comedy starring Nick Cannon, Wesley, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, on Dec. 4, according to Entertainment Weekly. The company has brought in Roadside Attraction and Lionsgate to get the film premiered in major cities, according to deadline.com.
Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” according to IMDB, is “a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.”