Cultural Differences Are Real

And other things, such as the position of women in society. There’s a great play called “Бояриня” by the 19th-century Ukrainian poet Lesia Ukrainka. In the poem, a Ukrainian girl marries a Russian nobleman and is shocked to discover how differently women are treated in Russia, how little agency and freedom they have.

If you read Ukrainian, the play is available online. What’s described in it is massively recognizable to people in our region. I know we all look the same to outsiders, and that’s perfectly OK. But we are different. I have a friend from Belarus. A lovely, lovely person. But you look at her, you look at me, and it’s very obvious why Belarus has an authocratic regime of Lukashenka, and Ukraine doesn’t.

In short, do read Galeev.


6 thoughts on “Cultural Differences Are Real

  1. Reminds me of the book/movie “Not Without My Daughter.” The poor woman was genuinely surprised to learn (too late) how much the status of women in her husband’s homeland differed from the status of women in the U.S.


    1. Wow, @AseyevStanislav has written

      In Isolation: Dispatches from Occupied Donbas (Harvard Library of Ukrainian Literature)

      In this collection of dispatches, Stanislav Aseyev attempts to understand the reasons behind the success of Russian propaganda among the residents of the industrial region of Donbas. For the first time, an inside account shows the toll on real human lives and civic freedoms that citizens continue to suffer in Russia’s hybrid war on its territory.


      1. Great! I won’t be reading because I have an aunt and 2 cousins plus a bunch of second cousins in Donetsk this whole time. I’ve seen how it works. Curiously, it’s the older generation that’s proven more resilient. The people who are younger than me have mentally degraded to a scary extent. My cousins in their thirties have shipped their old mom to work in a factory and send them money because they can’t be bothered to make a living.


    2. Very true. Zelensky would go meet the people and they’d make beef hash out of him for 3 hours because that’s how we understand democracy. Personality cults are always bad.


  2. Loved the new song (lyrics in the song’s description). Am unsure how the fable ‘Мартышка и очки’ is connected though.

    Ногу Свело! – Поколение Z


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