Anti-Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day: a holiday fueled by capitalism and created by companies that feed on women’s insecurities. I’m kidding, of course, although sometimes you can’t help but wonder what all the hype is really about.

Valentine’s Day is that one day a year you’re supposed to go all mushy and show your significant other just how much you care. And for you single people out there (AKA: the other 57% of the human race), well, you just get to feel bad about yourself because the only date you’ll have on February 14th is one with your laptop, and if you’re lucky enough, a good tub of Ben and Jerry’s.

Why is it necessary to have a specific day where you’re supposed to demonstrate your affection towards someone? There are 364 other perfectly good days that could (and should) be used to let your partner know you care. I mean, come on people! Can’t we be a little more spontaneous here, or do we really need an assigned day to do such activities? I’m not hating on Valentine’s Day because I’m bitterly single or anything. I just don’t seem to understand what the big deal with this day is. I mean, pink and red heart-shaped stuff everywhere…what’s the point? The shape of the heart we so commonly use isn’t even anatomically correct and why the heck do we discriminate all the other cool colours, like blue, or maybe green? What did poor ol’ blue and green do to anyone? They could be romantic colours if they wanted to be, but no one ever gave ’em a shot.

OK, so maybe I’m going off on a bit of a tangent here, but my point is, isn’t Valentine’s Day just a little overrated? Before I end my post, here are a few facts about this infamous day that may make you think twice about how great Valentine’s Day really is:

Fact #1: In the two-week period leading up to Valentine’s Day, North American sales of gold jewelry lead to 34 million metric tons of waste. (Is destroying the environment romantic? I think not.)

Fact #2: St. Valentine was beheaded on February 14th for performing marriages in secret. So, really, we’re celebrating death.

Fact #3: And lastly, candy hearts taste like…well, for lack of a better word, crap.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone…I guess.

– Chloe
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Chloe Devoy is a grade eleven student at CCH. She enjoys playing hockey and soccer, and running cross-country for the CCH team. Her favourite thing about CCH is the variety of extra-curricular activities.

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