Over 250 women in Barbacoas, a rural town near the coast of Colombia, are withholding sex from their partners until a potentially dangerous road is fixed. Their "crossed-legs strike" began on Thursday and will continue until construction is finally complete. Their ultimate hope is that lack of sex will force their menfolk to lobby the government to work on the rough road that connects the town to the rest of the country. (The government's been promising to repair the road for twenty years.) Because a few days of sexual starvation is a surefire way to prompt political action, right? According to Lucelly Del Carmen Viveros, the human-rights coordinator in Barbacoas:
"These women, and all of the rest of us in this town, are fed up with the empty promises from the central government. This is the only road connecting Barbacoas to the rest of the state and the country, and it's in despicable condition."
While it's certainly succeeding in drawing media attention to the issue, it's a shame that the women have to resort to using their bodies to sway political change. Sure, sex strikes date back to Ancient Greece. But in 2011 it'd sure be nice to see the ladies take to the streets and demand public action themselves instead of playing the celibate middleman… er, woman.