'Sex strike' in Philippines ends clan war


 A GMANews online story dated Sept. 21, 2011 reports that women in Maguindanao - a province in the Philippines located in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao - held a sex strike to force their husbands to end clan feuds in their area.

"Wives in the village of Dado in Maguindanao took it upon themselves to put an end to the warring in their village by threatening to withhold sex if their husbands went on with their warring," says the story.

Women engaged in the sewing business first floated the idea when they were unable to safely transport their products along the village road due to constant feuding. A week after they first threatend to withold themselves, signs of peace began to appear in the village, reports GMANews.

"Despite the Koran’s provisions on a woman’s responsibility to a man, the Imam Council of the Philippines Chairman Imam Alim Basher said that there was nothing wrong with the village women’s “strike.""

The article notes the first recorded sex strike is described in Lysustrata, a play  by Greek playright Aristophanes. It was first performed in Athns in 411 B.C.