Feminists’ V-Day sign of male-bashing times

Traditional folk, and especially retailers, seem to view Valentine’s Day as a mini-Christmas for wives and girlfriends, and V-Day feminists have turned it into a time to ponder their vaginas and thrash men. Ah, “gender equality” is finally upon us!

The students of Plymouth South High School in Plymouth, Massachusetts, for the last seven years have been celebrating Valentine’s Day by having the boys stand in the bleachers and raise their right arms to pledge that they will never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women.Family Nonviolence

Ayourdictionary.com is this definition of Valentine’s Day:

February 14, celebrated in various American and European countries by the exchange of valentines or love tokens.

Wikipedia defines Valentine’s Day and gives a brief history:

St. Valentine’s Day falls on February 14, and is the traditional day on which lovers in certain cultures let each other know about their love, commonly by sending Valentine’s cards, which are often anonymous. The history of Valentine’s day can be traced back to a Catholic Church feast day, in honor of Saint Valentine. The day’s associations with romantic love arrived after the High Middle Ages, during which the concept of romantic love was formulated.

The day is now most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of “valentines.” Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, the practice of hand writing notes has largely given way to the exchange of mass-produced greeting cards.

And the practice of exchanging greeting cards seems to have largely given way to the practice of men giving gifts and other expressions of love to women. Valentine’s Day, by all accounts, has become a mini-Christmas for women only. Says Joy Behar on today’s ABC show “The View,” “I feel this [Valentine’s Day] is only male to female.” That idea is reinforced by radio and TV ads. Virtually all suggest items which men can buy for women, as in a Yahoo! ad that is captured by Don’t Make Her Mad and which lets men know “What Women Want.” 

It’s official. Valentine’s Day is strictly a day only for men to express their love, and there is no day that women should express theirs. Says American Idol 4 Winner Carrie Underwood, “Valentine’s Day is a joke. Your man should love you 365 days a year, not just on Valentine’s Day.” -February 14, 2009, Fox News 2 Weekend, Detroit, Michigan

I wonder how, in our 35-year-old alleged pursuit of equal treatment of the sexes, Valentine’s Day evolved from the gender-neutral custom of exchanging special treatment, as YourDictionary.com says, to the gender-biased custom of expecting men to bestow special treatment on wives and girlfriends? Where is the feminist outrage over this unequal treatment of the sexes?

What might some men say about this if they felt as free as women to speak up on gender issues? They would say what women would say if the sexes in this matter were reversed and every Valentine’s-Day commercial tried to separate women from their money by guilt-tripping only them into buying expressions of love.

In any case, Valentine’s Day may undergo yet another evolution. Many ideological feminists have stopped calling it Valentines’ Day and now call it V-Day, short for Vagina Day. V-Day, according to its site, is “a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.” (Is it possible that by now the rapidly growing, massive crowds of those trying to stop violence against females are bumping into each other and fighting over territory and funds?) But although V-Day purportedly aims to stop violence against females, its true purpose, I suspect, is to establish female moral superiority. How can one not conclude this in V-Day’s message: men commit violence, women don’t. (For a more balanced view on gender violence, see “Letter to Judiciary Committees on the Violence Against Women Act.” You may also want to search my blog for “violence” in the search window above right.)

So now what we have is this: Traditional folk have turned Valentine’s Day into a mini-Christmas for wives and girlfriends, advertisers have seized it as a time for exploiting men with guilt and fear in order to separate them from their money (and many people say advertisers “wage a war” against women!), and V-Day feminists have turned it into a time to ponder their vaginas, wail about violence against women, and thrash men. (Actually, I don’t know why these feminists need a special day to thrash men, since they do it year-round.)

Ah, yes! “Gender equality!” It has finally arrived!


See also “Happy Egalitarian Valentine’s Day!” by Andrew Smiler, February 7, 2013


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