Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Valentine’s Day Kisses

Happy Valentine’s Day to all you lovely, lovely Persephoneers! Never forget how much we love each and every one of you!

In honor of the season, our Lunchtime Poll is a topical one: do you celebrate Valentine’s Day or shun it as a commercialization of cheap romantic sentiment?

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5 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Valentine’s Day Kisses”

I don’t celebrate with my husband, but I get flowers for the ladies in my office since all of them are either single or their significant others are hella lame, so I like to do something for them. I used to get all up in arms about not celebrating it, but I am mostly apathetic to the whole thing now. Meh, it’s Thursday.

Shun it for the commercialization, and the overall feel I get about how it’s such a gendered thing. Like, women are supposed to invest so much in the idea, men are supposed to do something just to get laid or keep the little woman happy.The whole idea is wrapped up in all kinds of eww for me.

I’d much rather celebrate steak and blowjob day. Well, if it wasn’t also a big old train wreck of gender fail …

I mostly shun it for the commercialization. Growing up I had several family members that would be mean, spread lies to other family, and generally create a lot of hurt, always while under the influence of something. They would try to remedy this hurt by buying things for everyone. Lots of things. I think it’s one of the main reasons I hate getting presents in general. But centering an entire holiday around expensive = love is insulting. (yeah… I’m not a big fan of most holidays… or birthdays…)

My BF, however, does not have the same sentiment and initially always wanted to get me something. We have to compromise with cooking a fancy meal together and pastries from the really good bakery in town. He loves the big romantic gesture and I get meaningful time together, plus super delicious food and pastries. So it works.

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