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.
Valentine's Day is next week—a time for Occupying VDay, celebrating Galentine's Day, or, for the more traditional among us, spending lots of money on fancy cards and pink candy. While a polarizing event to be sure, Valentine's Day is, in its purest form, about love (and candy). What it is not about, at all, is stalking.
You know who missed the "stalking is not romantic in any way and therefore should not be included in any Valentine's Day paraphernalia" memo? LOTS OF PEOPLE.
Hey Bitch fans! It's Valentine's Day, and whether you and your main squeeze have a romantic evening planned, or your romantic evening consists of drinking beers on the couch and passing out in front of the Winter Olympics (we've heard some people do that...) you can count on Bitch to be your Valentine. Look! We even got you a present:
So have a great Valentine's Day! And if you aren't in the romantic mood, remember that Eve Ensler's V-Day Organization hosts events all over the world today to support an end to violence against women and girls, and that's a cause we can all get behind. And never forget that shit, you is fine.
Tired of listening to Taylor Swift sing about all those love pains she's endured? Yeah, me too. In (dis)honor of Valentine's Day, here are some of my favorite tunes to smile to that present a love that is sometimes problematic, often tiring but never boring.