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Noreikienė, Jurgita,


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Lrytas - Lithuania | 08/03/2012

Flowers distort the point of Women's Day

In Lithuania and other post-socialist states it has been traditional since soviet times to give women flowers on 8 March. This distorts the real meaning of International Women's Day, writes an outraged portal lrytas.lt: "For many women in post-soviet countries this is the day to get attention from men (friends, colleagues, family members). Just for being a woman. And so feminine, charming, sweet, caring and utterly indispensable for the male sex which, for one day at least, is happy to treat all women like princesses. Stop! ... On 8 March all women workers and businesswomen should hold their heads high: we are clear proof that these stereotypes [that it is normal for a woman to be dependent on a man] are completely outdated. ... But male colleagues are pouring into the office, bearing tulips, roses and other flowering plants. Of course they mean well. But this gesture disempowers their flattered female colleagues. Just like a man does a woman."

Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | 14/02/2012

Authorities menace Hill of Crosses

Lithuania's authority for the preservation of public monuments wants to set regulations for erecting crucifixes on the Hill of Crosses, a Catholic pilgrimage destination in the north of the country, so as to preserve the monument for future generations. The online edition of the liberal daily Lietuvos rytas opposes the plan: "In Czarist times and during the Soviet era, the Hill of Crosses became a symbol of popular resistance to the foreign power. It grew up spontaneously, and not as a project 'from above'. The crosses were erected against the authorities who were in power at the time. ... Now the attempt is being made to curb this collective artwork against the will of the people. As if the dark Soviet days were back again, the authorities have once more denounced the 'illegal erection of crosses'. ... They are trying to stop a living tradition, to stuff it like an animal. Because clearly it's simpler to deal with a stuffed object than with a living being."

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