Lysistrata then urges the Commissioner to "cull the colonies settled by our own people" that she regards as nothing but scattered flocks. It has been suggested that Aristophanes didn't mean just colonial settlements, but all Ionian cities. Aristophanes probably didn't mean to give citizenship to all of these people, but rather to gather citizens loyal to Athens from around the Aegean region and along the coast of Asia Minor together in Athens. Lysistrata imagines this collection of people as a new, stronger Athenian civilization—a fine staple to be spun into a bobbin of yarn. Lysistrata describes enough yarn to "clothe the City of Athens"; in other words, Lysistrata means to create a state that will encompass and embrace the many people loyal to Athens.
Lysistrata excludes women from her idealized Athens—a considerable omission. This is the first time Lysistrata dictates what men should do and explicitly excludes women from the plan to change Athens. This passage is clearly the voice of Aristophanes coming through Lysistrata. As women were truly given no political power in Athens, it seems that this omission indicates that Aristophanes was making a viable, serious proposal to his audience, not one that they would disregard completely. This passage reduces and undercuts the women's seizure of the Akropolis as an anomalous and comedic event; although the women take real power in the course of Lysistrata, women are not included in Lysistrata's idealized vision of the city.