“Chi-Raq” locates female power squarely within the body: specifically, the vagina. Distraught by the masculine gang violence of their community, Lysistrata brings women together to combat this problem, and the only way they imagine doing so is by denying men sexual access to their bodies. Their assumption of power and control over their bodies, and distancing from masculine violence, can be traced by the colors they wear.
In the beginning they wear only the orange or purple colors of their men’s gangs exhibiting their dependence on and engagement with masculine violence.
As they further assert themselves and take over the armory, they transition to camo – signifying group affiliation not reliant on men.
When their sex strike succeeds in ending violence and bringing resources to the community, men and women come together to wear a pure, non-confrontational, unifying white (with the exception of one, who gets removed from the communal space).