Shawna Potter sits in her bedroom in Baltimore, noting that this room is the coldest in her apartment. Potter fronts feminist hardcore band War on Women, which played on a big bill the night before alongside Municipal Waste, Torche, Old Lines, and Night Birds at the Baltimore Sound Stage.
On Valentine's Day, Americans spend $17.6 billion on gifts. That’s roughly the same amount as the entire budget of NASA in 2014. Yeah. We are serious about buying stuff to express our love.
For this show, we explore the connection between romance and consumerism. Professor Lisa Wade, the editor of very fun website Sociological Images, explains the weird gender dynamics of Valentine's Day gift-giving, an original essay details the once-popular tradition of sending people nasty notes on Valentine's Day, and writer Kate Redburn argues that "the chief beneficiaries of gay marriage will be Crate & Barrel, not the queer folks with the most desperate need." Plus: listeners share their creative ideas for celebrating relationships (and yourself) without spending much money.
Even if you despise Valentine's Day, you'll find something to love on this episode. Listen below.
A few years ago I was walking down a street in Austin, Texas with a friend during SXSW. We passed a huge outdoor concert that Fuse or VH1 or one of those large corporate entertainment companies was putting on.