What does your husband / boyfriend / significant other think about Valentine’s Day?
When dear hubby and I were talking about what we are going to do on Valentine’s Day, he said it’s up to me and jokingly dropped this remark, that Valentine’s Day is a woman’s holiday and that men should boycott Valentine’s Day because according to the news he seen from TV early morning, Valentine’s Day is sort-of ‘legalized prostitution’. See Video
I think it’s so funny that some men feel this way! I don’t think dear hubby seriously feel so negatively about Valentine’s Day because he has been really good to me every year and it’s not like I have demanded, or even expected, him to do anything on Valentine’s Day. He gives me the biggest card he can find, and carefully selects the really nice dedication. Last year he gave me chocolate shaped like a rose and another set of chocolates in a heart shaped box. The years before that, he gave me flowers. In 2005, he gave me a plant that is still alive until now. And he seems really happy to shower me with these valentines gifts and I am more than appreciative to all these gestures.
But then, maybe at the back of his mind he is wondering why there isn’t a day for men, when it’s women turn to do all these stuffs. This actually made me realize that I probably have to do more than just give him a card this year.
In Japan, on Valentine’s Day, women are the ones who give sweet treats to men. Sometime in March, those japanese men who received the treats reciprocate. I’ve lived in Japan but I was never compelled to follow the Japanese tradition.
In Neil Cavuto’s show in Fox News, there was this Valentine’s Day debate about men boycotting Valentine’s Day. See Video
According to Mr. Rudov, “The National Retail Federation predicts that Valentine’s Day spending will reach $16.9B this year, with men, who outspend women 2:1, laying out an average $156. Why? Because men have been commercially conditioned to buy gifts, jewelry, flowers, and dinners for their wives and girlfriends — to avoid their hostility and frigidity. This so-called holiday puts undue pressure on men, requires nothing from women, and fosters an atmosphere of phony romance. In other words, it’s unfair and unbalanced. The barrage of Valentine’s Day advertising aimed at men results in expected generosity — both oxymoronic and moronic. I look forward to telling Neil Cavuto’s audience why they should boycott this farcical day.”