Do You Think Sex Strikes On College Campuses Could Reduce Sexual Assault? Spike Lee Does
In anticipation of his new film Chiraq, prolific director Spike Lee is making his promotion rounds and spreading the word about the importance of a film as such in current times.
Recently, Lee stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and discussed everything from the film’s basis to the controversy surrounding it. Interestingly, Lee spoke out on both gun control and his thoughts on rape and sexual assault on college campuses and how it can be reduced — which was met with favorable applause.
“With what’s happening on college campuses, with the University of Missouri when the football players got together and said if the president doesn’t resign, we’re not going to play,” Lee said. “I think that a sex strike could really work on college campuses, where there’s an abundance of sexual harassment and date rape. College campuses and universities, second semester I think it’ll happen.”
While I understand Lee’s idea of coming to together and spreading a message to the masses in hopes of making a change, rape and sexual assault can’t simply be changed just by deciding to go on a sex strike, as it’s something that happens by force. Don’t most if not all victims say no with no consent?
Interestingly, Chiraq was derived from the Greek play Lysistrata, where a group of Chicago women band together and decide to withhold sex from their husbands and boyfriends in hopes of ending the violence that has taken the city under siege. So, there’s definitely a correlation between the two.
What are your thoughts? Do you believe on campus sex strikes could be effective in curbing violence and sexual assault? Press play and watch the interview above.