“Assemblywomen” is a play written by the Greek play-wright Aristophanes. In this dark comedy, the women of Athens (who have taken to wearing their husbands’ clothes and stopped shaving their armpits) convince the men of the city to hand power over to them. According to Wikipedia “The play invents a scenario where the women of Athens assume control of the government and instate pseudo-communist reforms that ban private wealth and enforce sexual equality for the old and unattractive.“
The predictive power of this play is almost unbelievable. Among other things, the women abolish private wealth, shut down the courts (since they assume there will be no theft without private property), knock down all the walls (fences) between homes to make more of a communal atmosphere, and outlaw prostitution. Any man and woman can have sex, but only if the man first has sex with an ugly woman. Because men no longer know who their children are, women give responsibility for parenting to the state. With no more family or civic responsibility, the men start sleeping in late. I assume if Greek mothers had basements they would stay there.
This mirrors pretty much exactly what women have done given the partial control they now have in reality, and it’s not that hard to imagine them actually trying to implement the more outlandish parts if they had full control. It’s pretty incredible to see just how obvious it was to pre-modern people that women were unsuited for power. We may laugh at their lack of scientific knowledge and primitive nature in many areas, but they would be absolutely dumbfounded by our naivety over such simple matters as the differences between men and women.
As funny as the play is, it’s also pretty horrifying when you realize that this guy imagined a dystopia that seemed so outlandish and ridiculous that it could be the subject of a comedy, and you’re living in it.