Women Vow to Not Have Sex Till Colombian Road is Fixed
But when the women of Barbacoas, Colombia, wanted to have better living conditions, they decided to take away the one thing many men would hate to do without: sex.
Known as the "strike of crossed legs," 300 Colombian women have decided not to have sex with their husbands until the men pressure local authorities to repair and maintain the road that connects Barbacoas to the next town, which is about 35 miles away.
"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, told the Wall Street Journal. "This is the only road connecting Barbacoas to the rest of the state and the country, and it's in despicable condition."
The dirt road has been prone to mudslides that have taken many lives, including a significant number of patients who were on their way to the hospital.
The protest, which started on June 23, is the latest of several sex strikes in Colombia. A group of wives and girlfriends from a local gang in central Colombia withheld sex from their gangster partners who didn't turn in their weapons after the city went through a violent period that killed 480 people. After 10 days, the men conceded.
While the current group of women are still withholding sex, the men in town have yet to comply with their request to get the local road fixed. The husbands did admit that they wished their wives would go on a hunger strike instead.
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