In Lysistrata, examine how women could be seen as portrayed as objects rather than human?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that the reason for editing the question was that I am not sure anything in Aristophanes' work is so clear cut.  On one hand, the women are shown to be in the position of power over the men.  This becomes one of the driving forces of the drama.  The fact that the women are in power and are shown to have power makes it challenging to see them demonstratively shown to be objects.  Yet, if one were to make a case for the women to be shown as objects, it would be shown in the idea that women are only seen as sexual objects.  Lysistrata's plan is rooted in the idea that if women withhold sex from men, the men will capitulate and acquiesce.  It is not rooted in the idea that men will suffer from the absence of women companionship or in the fact that men will feel lessened by the spiritual experience of being denied their mates.  Women are objectified in their singular association with sex. Little else seems to be defined by the element of being a woman other than sex.  It might be here where a potential case can be made for women to be seen as objects.  Even if they are in the position of power regarding it, their being is reduced to one of sex.  In this, they can be seen as being objectified.

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