Would Diallage somehow have had less of a sexist disadvantage if she was played by a padded male actor?
If Olson's katastasis hypothesis is correct, it means that Zweig, Taaffe and others can relax: there was no reason to be concerned for Diallage or Nell or any other persona, whether male-dressed-as-female or male-dressed-as-female-dressed-as-male, (39) either in 411 BC or in AD 1592.
How seriously should one take the Diallage passage in Lysistrata?
Now in the Diallage passage (as in the Nell passage), the tone is clearly that of comic fantasy, of illusion in both senses, rather than of reality.
There is a further consideration for not taking the Diallage scene seriously.
Against this background, the Diallage scene could hardly be taken seriously; it should be read or viewed as frivolous entertainment in a carnivalesque ambience.