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14 Powerful Portraits Of Men Reacting To New Mandatory Army Draft In Lithuania
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14 Powerful Portraits Of Men Reacting To New Mandatory Army Draft In Lithuania

Two women in Lithuania are using photography to approach a very controversial topic – military conscription, which was suddenly reinstated by the Lithuanian government just a few months ago. The series is a collaboration between Lithuanian actress and TV host Beata Tiskevic-Hasanova and Lithuanian photographer and political science student Neringa Rekasiute.

On May 11th, more than 37,000 men, aged 19-26, woke up and found their surnames on Lithuania’s compulsory military service list. 3,000 were needed for the first wave of recruits, but 2/3 of this first group were filled by volunteers. Some of these men took to social media to express their thoughts about what many called a sudden and random ‘lottery.’ The most disturbing thing was the very harsh and unforgiving public opinion of men who didn’t want to go to the army. They were called “unmanly,” “cowardly,” “disgraceful,” etc. This negativity caught Beata’s and Neringa’s attention and they decided to respond creatively.

They gathered 14 random men, aged 17-28, and took their portraits. The men are portrayed crying in military uniforms. Beata and Neringa thought it was a good way to show how dangerous gender expectations are: a man is expected to be rational, emotionless and aggressive. It is very important that we, as a society, teach men to express their emotions and not force a stereotypical archaic role onto them. The pictures are accompanied by the models’ quotes. They are expressing their opinions about what it is to be manly and how it relates to going to the army.

Text: Beata Tiskevic – Hasanova | Photos: Neringa Rekasiute | Photo retoucher: Simona Vaicyte | Special Thanks to Dominykas & Gintare

More info: neringark.com

JAUNIUS, 18: A gun in your hands doesn’t define your manliness

VYTAUTAS, 27: Army won’t make a man out of you – if you are a dumbass, you will stay a dumbass

DOMINYKAS, 26: It’s my choice what kind of man I want to be

JUSTAS, 18: The real strength is the ability to make your own mind. Let us be strong

VYTENIS, 18: I could go to the army. Sometimes I lack courage and stamina to do things. Army is good if you can handle it. I was inspired by my friend, a girl, who became a voluntary soldier

EDVINAS, 17: Can you imprison a man’s choice and call it free living?

DANAS, 28: In my opinion, the archaic times when a man was supposed to kill a buffalo and drag it home to his family are long over. I think that army is not a bad thing in general, but a compulsory one is definitely not a good thing either. Especially when the government announced it so suddenly without any public debate or preparation. A system should be introduced, one should know at school that there is a possibility to serve in the army, one should grow up with this idea

DENISAS, 23: In today’s free society there is no space for coercion. Compulsory things should be the ones you choose with your free will

MARTYNAS, 22: It’s manly to be able to choose for yourself

JEGOR, 25: Only when fighting you lose

ROKAS, 17: It is manly to work for your goals and ideas, and defend your values. I guess, everyone can go to the war, but army is not for everyone

MINDAUGAS, 25: When I was still at school, conscript army was removed. I was very happy then, but when I look back, I realize it was a better time to go to the army than it would be now when I have my own agency and when I have created jobs for other people – I need to look after all of it

JUSTAS, 27: Army is a waste of time. How many more soldiers do we need?

LUKAS, 25: If I was called to the army, I would try to find a way to avoid it. I have a wife, we are so good together and family for me is first. We have created so much, I wouldn’t want to leave it

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IweMuiser
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To make this take some hipsters, an HDR camera, a knife and a bag of onions, and viola!

KimberlyShaffer
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, I'm trying to understand if this is real emotion, or just faked for the cameras. If it's faked, it's lame.

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IhanToomik
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought conscription was terrible too... But once I went through it all I honestly think it was time well spent.

LumesahkTalv
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It seems that the men in Lithuania are quite different than in Estonia. In Estonia men take prode serving their country.

VidasIsjumping
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am from Lithuania and I am 17 years old. Nowadays we're talking with friends about serving in army and everybody in our school take it as a big pride. These men here ARE NOT real men, they are hipsters. These men were spoiled when they were young, look at them now. They are big pussies. Most of young people 16-20 years are willing to serve in army, I'm not talking about those 20-28 y/o spoiled fatties. Also look what Lithuanian government gives you for serving in army... For 9 months in trainings you get at least 2k euro + 50 percent cut of your university/college price and lots of other stuff. Basically you get A LOT , especially experience.

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FelipeRibeiro
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

if Russia is near it is better have the draft and also train all the population, train even the women, and have guns like the Swiss

AssarJõgar
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ljubomir - Estonia have beaten Russia once and will beat again. Do you know history or only propaganda? Russia is the biggest terrorist country in the world.

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АнжелаЗаленская
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Am I the only one who sees nothing wrong with this? They are not sending them to fight anyone yet, just sending them to TRAINING. they should do this, because in all other countries people do. and if they don't, they don't stand a chance against anyone.

GuillaumeLombard
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There are only few countries in Europe nowadays where army is compulsory.and yes it wrong when people have careers and families

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MikaelSöderlund
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Save your tears, when a new Nazi/Communist/Isis power invades your country you will really have something to cry about.

SergioAraujo
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh come on you pussies! I was also dragged to the army in my country, im a metalhead i was wearing long hair for 7 years, my hole teenage years with long hair, Witch i had to cut, i was put away from my family, friends for 2 years, girlfriend that i had for 2 years left me. i didn´t cry a single tear, i served my country with proud, so shut up you wussies, you know nothing!

SteliosP.
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i did army 18 months in Greece, it was a hard bad feeling but now after years i say it was cool and i got experiances.

JenniferMurray
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They dont do it in the UK and we are plenty good at killing other people and starting wars. When it comes to training to kill I think you should have a choice.

DaliborDankic
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is this a gallery of crying hipsters or what ?

Martin
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

....a bunch of bleeding vaginas is what they are

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MichałChełmowski
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Everybody in Lithuania is a hipster ;-)

starla4
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the US, once a boy turns 18 he has to enlist for the draft (that's what it's called here). We are fortunate that we have enough voluntary soldiers and reservists that we haven't needed it in some time. However, it is known that the possibility exists to be called to duty in dire times for our country. It still seems rather archaic to me, though. Women can be soldiers, but we can't be drafted. When well that change?

MusicMom
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The reason women can be drafted but men can is a simple matter of rebuilding the population after a worldwide disaster. One man can father children with many women, but each woman cam only carry one baby at a time. Therefore, more women are needed for reproduction purposes. Not saying I like it, just explaining why it's done that way.

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EnvyGrafy
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought mandatory drafting was bad, but after seeing these images, I completely agree with the Lithuania government. If this is what their youths are like, they're completely screwed. These guys need to man the #$%& up for their country.

VladHoria
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it's easy to be fucking ignorant. This is not fighting for your country, cause the people don't want war, this is fighting for the fucking gouvernment. I don't give a fuck about their wars, I don't want to lose my life because a hand of inconpentents can't be "friends". And there is nothing "screwed" with those people.

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JohnFrankelis
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

its time young men start thinking of their responsibilities to society and not society's responsibility to them.... a nation of we ... NOT ME

grapebuilding
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There are ways to contribute to society that don't involve the threat of being butchered.

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AgnėGerulytė
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When do powerfull photos will start? Cuz now I see nothing but pathetic pix.

JeffreySlater
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The British and American soldiers arent weeping in there beds defending YOUR COUNTRY ya fucking pussies

JeffreySlater
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

British And American soldiers serving in Lithuania arent weeping in there beds defending your country ya fucking pussys

SylwesterKogowski
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

From what I remember, defending your country is just a must. Because joining an army is a question of: either I myself die for them, or two dies for me, because army without help is even weaker, and Russia isn't a country that withholds from killing even civilians.

hypster
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

lmao. You aren't even forced to go to army in Lithuania if you have a valid reason why you can't go(studies/job etc.) and there are plenty of volunteers anyway, so these hipsters can continue to spend their time in Starbucks. Anyway these tears look so fake that no one would believe they're real, and none of the photos is really emotional.

IreneRussak
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Omg you have starbucks? Crying real tears now. In Estonia we have compulsory army but no starbucks. I myself really like starbucks more:D

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RubyTuesday
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They should send the street punks into military training. Those who get into trouble all the time. Teach them morals and values. We could use that law in The Netherlands. Ps: Don't like the fake tears in the photo's.

CasandraNițescu
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And how exactly do you know that they are fake? Sure they could be, but then again they could be real.

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Captain Foley
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So basically a bunch of cowards who are scared.

AndyBerger
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow, what a bunch of sissies!

superfish
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These pussies do not, yes, read it again. DO NOT represent Lithuanian men, these are crybabies who have no regard for our nation, "men" who think being ready to defend our way of life, our culture and traditions is not important. These are pampered young people, and as you would call them in western nations "liberals" who care more for smoking weed, partying and being fashionable... Please, if you are watching this article and thinking all of us Lithuanians are like this. I invite you to visit our beautiful nation and see for yourself that these wimps are much like the ones that plague every other nation, and do not represent our lifestyle or culture. God Bless You and cheer form Lithuania.

ИгорьНоумен
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a war against men. The world stands on men's bones. Equality and rights - it is not about men.

RaymondSaint-Pierre
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Putin may not be giving Lithuania a choice!!

CommentaryFortytwo
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Conscription for public service should apply equally to males and females with a range of options to serve. There is a lot of good we could do in the US with two years of service from every young person after high school from neighborhood patrols to mentoring grade school students to repairing infrastructure. Won't happen though.

calinalexandru
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

total bullshit...but nici eye drops...non of them are genuine tears

IgnasMarkevicius
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's even not a Lithuanian army uniform :D

ErikaUlozaite-Cross
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Man gėda pieš estus už tokius ( Lumesahk Talv 6 hours ago It seems that the men in Lithuania are quite different than in Estonia. In Estonia men take prode serving their country.) ...seniai mes tarp moteru pasišnekam kad Lietuvoje nebėra vyrú, net nenoriu share savo puslapyje kad neapsijuokčiau prieš pasaulį, va kodel musu moteris yra prezidente, kai vyru nera, moterys perima ju pareigas..