Repression From Desire

Nothing optional—from homosexuality to adultery—is ever made punishable unless those who do the prohibiting (and exact the fierce punishments) have a repressed desire to participate.[1]

Shakespeare touched upon this phenomenon in King Lear, when Lear reproaches the policeman who is whipping a prostitute because of his lust for her company:

Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand!
Why dost thou lash that whore?
Strip thine own back;
Thou hotly lust’st to use her in that kind
For which thou whipp’st her.
King Lear (Act 4, Scene 6) Continue reading


Listed below are some of the most witty and profound quotes from Aristophanes’ celebrated play Lysistrata.

“Oh, Calonicé, my heart is on fire; I blush for our sex. Men will have it we are tricky and sly.”
– Lysistrata

“If we give them the least hold over us, ’tis all up! their audacity will know no bounds!”
– Chorus of old men

“What is there in that a surprise to you? Do we not administer the budget of household expenses?”
– Lysistrata

“May I die a thousand deaths ere I obey one who wears a veil!”
– Magistrate

“How true the saying: ‘Tis impossible to live with the baggages, impossible to live without ’em.”
– Chorus of old men

“Calonice, it’s more than I can bear,
I am hot all over with blushes for our sex.
Men say we’re slippery rogues. –”
– Lysistrata

“– And aren’t they right?”
– Calonice