Fighting or futbol – the choice is clear!

How can we get men to stop fighting?

Yesterday I watched young men fighting in the alley behind the hotel in Cairo, brandishing long knives, breaking bottles, yelling and pushing.  This went on for a couple of hours.   It got me thinking.

How can we get men to stop fighting?

Surely religion won’t stop the fighting.  This brawl was occurring right in front of the Mosque as the Imam was calling everyone to prayer.

As long as there are social injustices in the world, there will be reasons to fight.

As long as there are imperfect humans in the world, there will be reasons to fight.

As long as there are women in the world, there will be reasons to fight.

As long as there is testosterone in the world, there will be reasons to fight.

So clearly, we can’t eliminate the cause.

Maybe we (women) could talk men into a good game of futbol (soccer).  I’ve been watching with fascination how many men are glued to the television in Cairo watching futbol.  The hotel staff, the patrons in the restaurant, and the men sitting in the alley are all watching the same game tonight.  And they’ve been watching futbol matches for several days in a row.

Maybe we (women) could divert their attention away from war and substitute futbol for the contest.

Patrons and waiter watching futbol in restaurant

Patrons and waiter watching futbol in restaurant

I can hear the howls of protest now.  “We can’t disarm, that’s a sign of weakness.”  “Our enemies will never agree to a game of futbol.”  “Futbol is just a game, not a real match of wits and bravery.”

Watching futbol

Watching futbol

I’m sure there are many reasons why a game of futbol would not be a good substitute for fighting, but there are no good reasons to continue fighting.

Ladies: we need to channel Lysistrata’s spirits and stop this evil fighting!

Sasha A. Harris as Lysistrata and Therese Schneck as Boeotian Woman in Aristophanes' Lysistrata. SDSU's Don Powell Theatre, October 20-29, 2000. Photo by Charley Starr for Zwink Photography.

Sasha A. Harris as Lysistrata and Therese Schneck as Boeotian Woman in Aristophanes’ Lysistrata. SDSU’s Don Powell Theatre, October 20-29, 2000. Photo by Charley Starr for Zwink Photography.

 

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One response to “Fighting or futbol – the choice is clear!

  1. bg

    Lora, I have a friend who advocates for the men to kill each other with abandon until they are finished with it. Sadly, they involve too many women, children and maybe men of peace in their process.

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