We've seen 'slut-walks' shape the world recently where women took to the streets to protest against the growing male assumption that provocative dressing provokes attacks against women. But what of a growing number of silent, global demonstrations with passive/aggressive methods that would have made Ghandhi proud?
From the ancient Greek play that saw women hold back on the most powerful assets they had to influence men through to modern-day Scandinavian girls trying to force the Government to stop stalling on legislation, sex has proved a most powerful weapon.
As Jezebel reports, a group of Southern Colombian women are building on this tradition of sexual denial in order to force the local Government to make much needed changes to the infrastructure within the provincial town of Barbacoas:
'Mudslides as a result of heavy seasonal rainfall has left [one particular important main] road in such a sorry state that the 35 mile journey from Barbacoas to the nearest town takes nearly 10 hours. The government has promised to fix the road, but so far has not followed through.'
''These women, and all of the rest of us in this town, are fed up with the empty promises from the central government,' Lucelly Del Carmen Viveros, the human rights coordinator in the town of Barbacoas, said in a phone interview Friday [...] The women began what they call the 'Crossed Legs Strike' on Thursday.'
Let's hope the men don't respond in kind by making it a real 'crossed legs strike' by removing all the town's local toilet facilities...