This quote is often attributed to John Lennon or the counterculture of the Hippies. It is actually from Aristophanes, 411 BCE. Aristophanes was a Greek comic playwright. The play is an antiwar comedy and social commentary about 5th century sexuality. The play, called "Lysistrata," features the title character rallying the females of Greece to withhold sex and all sexual privileges from husbands and lovers in order to "encourage" the menfolk to end the violent Pelponnesian War. "Lysistrata" means - Releaser of War.
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Radical activists Penelope and Franklin Rosemont helped to popularize the phrase by printing thousands of "Make Love, Not War" buttons at the Solidarity Bookshop in Chicago, Illinois and distributing them at the Mother's Day Peace March in 1965. They were the first to print the slogan. Another popular slogan, "Drop acid, not bombs." was first said by Amanda Locatelli an anti-war activist and psychedelic enthusiast
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