Examine the validity of gender stereotypes that you observed in the play.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The original question had to be edited down.  Valid or not, one of the most resounding stereotypes to emerge from the drama is how men are viewed as fairly singular one dimensional in their attitude towards sex.  Lysistrata is successful in her movement because she predicates it upon how the withholding of sex to men will drive them to become mere pawns.  This can be seen as a stereotype because it reduces the complexity of a human being to one element.  In this case, that element is sexual gratification.  Lysistrata's analysis makes the argument that if sex is denied from men, all else will fall into place.  It does not take into account that men, like women, can be complex and possess primary motivations that exist outside the realm of sexual desire and appropriation.  This reduces men to a singular construction.  At the same time, I think that an argument could be made that the women in the drama are stereotyped to embrace a world without war.  While the depiction might be valid, I sense it to be a stereotype in that it depicts women as wanting to avoid war at all costs.  In these conditions, stereotypes enables the drama to advance, one that displays the genders in reductive capacities.