5. “Brother please heed me, you need me I know I’m showing concern that a sister should show, Although I’m a woman and really don’t matter Former think that women just prattle and chatter.”

This excerpt is from Aristophanes’ comedy play Lysistrata. The lines are spoken by the character Lysistrata, who is urging women to unite and withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of ending the Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata uses humor and irony to challenge the traditional gender roles and expectations of her time. She acknowledges the dismissive attitude society often holds toward women’s opinions, while also highlighting the power that women can wield when they unite for a common purpose.

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