I’m rather liking the rethink-V-day activism around this year, which has ended up being a bit more substantive than some of the Anti-Valentine hating that I’ve seen around in other years. Rather than just being (understandably) negative about the consumerist onslaught, how about doing something much more positive/useful/affirming instead?
I confess to observing the day but rejecting the commercialism. I have made my own card (using Creative Commons Licensed images) for my beloved and we will be cooking each other a scrumptious meal. I have bought him a small gift that I think he’ll find useful and just a wee bit shiny but is not in any way a traditional Valentine type item, so not pandering to the advertising overload. We will be spending the night at home with our kids, not out for just the two of us.
This is pretty much what we do most years, mind you. Sometimes we have both taken the day off and gone for a nice lunch somewhere before all that Special Date Night targeted razzmatazz gets under way, but we don’t manage that every year. We do make a point of avoiding the romantic industrial complex Hallmark Holiday cliché stuff every year. We’ll buy a bunch of flowers to enjoy together next week instead, maybe (florists need business all year round, not just this week!).
Apart from anything else, I hope that by being low-key and really keeping the day just for us and our kids, we’re not adding to the load of crap that singletons can go through every February.
Occupy Love asks us to be creators, not just consumers, of love stories:
Samhita aks folks to blog about more than just love stories – highlight other problematic aspects of the relentless promotion of V-Day:
[using] Valentine’s Day to raise awareness about the limited ways we think about romance.
Please use this post for collating links to Occupy Love and Occupy Valentine’s Day posts that you’re reading around the web. Check out Samhita’s Occupy Valentine’s Day tumblr for ideas.