How These Men React to the New Mandatory Army Draft in Lithuania Will Move You.

When Lithuania suddenly reinstated military conscription on May 11, more than 37,000 men aged 19 to 26 were shocked to see their names listed on the countrys compulsory military service. However, not all men were happy with the countrys move to boost the militarys strength.

Several Lithuanian men took to social media to express their negative sentiments on what many call as a sudden and random lottery. Their complaints caught the attention of Beata Tiskevic-Hasanova, a Lithuanian actress and TV host, and Neringa Rekasiute, a Lithuanian photographer and political science student.

The pair decided to respond to their protest in an unconventional but creative way. Through a powerful photo series featuring 14 random men, aged 17 to 28, crying in military uniforms, Hasanova and Rekasiute effectively conveyed how dangerous gender expectations can be.

The most disturbing thing was the very harsh and unforgiving public opinion of men who didnt want to go to the army. They were called unmanly, cowardly, disgraceful, etc, Rekasiute wrote.

In our society, men are expected to be rational, assertive and emotionless. These moving pictures prove otherwise.

A gun in your hands doesnt define your manliness.- JAUNIUS, 18


Photo credit: Neringa RK

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 wouldnt want to leave it. LUKAS, 25


Photo credit: Neringa RK

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


Photo credit: Neringa RK

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