Magistrate: "By Poseidon the Salty, it serves us right! When we ourselves abet our wives' misbehavior and teach them profligacy, these are the sort of schemes they bring to flower! Aren't we the ones who go to the shops and say this kind of thing: 'Goldsmith, about that choker you made me: my wife was having a ball the other night, and now the prong's slipped out of the hole. Me, I've got to cruise over to Salamis, so if you've got time, by all means visit her in the evening and fit a prong in the hole.' Another husband says this to a shoemaker, a teenager sporting no boyish cock: 'Shoemaker, about my wife's tootsy: the thong is squeezing her pinky winky, where she's tender. So why don't you drop in on her sometime and loosen it up so there's more play down there?' That's the sort of thing that's led to all this, when I, a Magistrate, have lined up timber for oars and now come to get the necessary funds, and find myself standing at the gates, locked out by women!" (403-430)
Did we mention that Aristophanes portrays women as lustful? Well, here we get some more evidence of that. This time, though, it isn't the women themselves who are providing the evidence, but the Magistrate. According to him, the women of Athens can't be trusted; the moment their husbands are out of sight, they're bound to end of having sex with some tradesman or other. And yet, the Magistrate shows a little bit of prejudice here: he thinks that the men are the ones ultimately to blame for their wives' behavior. From what we've seen already in the other quotations from this section, we think the women of Athens are perfectly capable of cheating on their hubbies all by themselves.