A South Side Chicago native is determined to end gun violence by calling for a sex strike. And while this might sound a tad outlandish, the idea isn’t all that innovative. It’s actually the premise of the upcoming Spike Lee film, Chi-Raq, in which neighborhood women plan to withhold sex until gun violence ends. “We’re going to make sure these fools put down these guns,” a character in the trailer says.

In real life, April Lawson a mother and activist from Auburn Gresham, started an online petition asking women to sign onto this pledge: I vow to stay celibate until black men organize and create a strategy to keep the peace in our neighborhoods,” Lawson read.

Both Lawson and Chi-Raq are mirroring the idea of an Ancient Greek fable, which the film is also based on. And in recent years, similar boycotts in other countries have been used to promote social and political causes.

“If you decide to silently protest,” Lawson said, “It might get them to think.”

Do you think a sex strike could ever really become the catalyst for lasting change?

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  • CeeCee

    I don’t see why not; doesn’t hurt to try.

  • Mary Burrell

    It sounds good in theory.

  • Queen Ekuba

    I don’t know whether that will work in this situation as I do not know much about the situation in Chicago but it has worked in some other places & circumstances. Example: a sex strike, led by peace activist Leymah Gbowee (Nobel Peace Prize winner 2011 winner) has been credited with helping to end the civil war in Liberia.

  • [email protected]

    more power to you women if it will work!