Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Won't Miss #147 - loveless Valentine's

I realize that a lot of people hate Valentine's Day and think it's already a Hallmark holiday designed to sell candy. I'll grant that confectioners have exploited it for all it is worth. That being said, people who choose to use it as a day to celebrate their love can do so because at the heart of the holiday (no pun intended) is romance. There is some meaning if you want to find it there. In Japan, because showing love is often seen as being more inappropriate than showing sex, the holiday has been stripped of its romantic elements and used mainly as a way of getting women to buy men chocolate to show respect for their relative status. Most women give chocolate to male coworkers out of obligation rather than to men they're involved with out of love.

I won't miss the loveless celebration of Valentine's Day.