Occupy Valentine’s Day!
First, a Valentine’s Day present for you (and me). CPB is joining us as our in-house illustrator. Please let the joyous gyrating begin. CPB is a lovely, talented individual who is capable of arranging lines in a fashion more pleasing than randomness (and we are lucky to have her).
So, let’s proceed to the meat of this fleshy red day, shall we?
On Occupy Valentine’s Day, it’s about bringing down the man. Specifically, this man:
OV-Day (which to me seems an awkward combination of ‘Ovechkin” and ‘Venereal Disease’) was started by Samhita Mukhopadhyay, who has a track record of being fantastic. She, and the OV-Day supporters, bring their ire for two reasons in particular.
1. Valentine’s Day purports to celebrate love, but only places value on certain kinds of relationships. Those that are
Honestly, if you can’t see the logical problems in there already, then your very presence is facepalm inducing. The quick logic of it is that V-day’s main value is love, but there is nothing in definitions of what love is or means between people that includes any of those listed caveats (especially buying shit). If you aren’t yet convinced that V-day is a bit of a crock, then lets see what the facts say.
- The average Canadian male spends $138 on a V-day gift. The average Spanish man spends $239.
- Young adult couples are more likely to break up on or around V-day than other times of the year.
- Approximately 1 billion greeting cards are sent out each V-day (I shudder to think at the trees that died so some bozo could put ‘You are my honeybear’ on a piece of paper).
- The overwhelming response by men, when asked about their motives for gift-giving, was obligation
- Scientists report the holiday as “fostering materialism, togetherness, and gender roles.” Take that however you will.
I think that about settles it for me. And I’m not alone. There is a long history of anti-consumerism and alternative consumerism rallying around this day. Ultimately, as the scientists say, it is merely a day “worthy of study due to the unique consumption, gift/card exchange, grooming, dating, and romance-based consumer behaviors associated with this holiday.”
Lets make it more than that. Lets make it about love, like it ought to be, and show someone that you care (which hopefully you do the other 364 days a year as well). But not with stuff, and by golly, not with a paper card. Trees need their lives more than your shnookums needs your throwaway chicken-scratch love notes.
So what will you do/did you do for V-day or OV-Day? Did you spend a pile of money and then break up with your sweetie, or did you take Mukhopahyay’s suggestion and “Have a sexy conversation by candlelight with your partner about structural inequity?”. I sure hope it was the latter.
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