“I’m single because I was born that way.” Mae West
Not everyone is on board the Valentine’s Day love train. There are many of us out there begging to be let off at the next station.
Each year, the Anti-Valentine’s Day Movement gains more traction around the world as more and more people get fed up with unrealistic notions of what “perfect love” and “happy ever after” should look like.
A quick search of the words “I hate Valentine’s Day” on Twitter shows millions of tweets from those nursing a poetic loathing of February 14 (go on, try it, it can be very cathartic if you’re of a similar mindset).
There’s been an explosion of Anti-Valentine’s Day card ranges. Anti-Valentine’s Day poetry slam nights. Down with Love playlists all over Spotify. Even here in Athens, a number of the city’s bars have shrewdly taken to hosting “Anti-Valentine’s Day” parties in recent years.
Singles who have in the past resented this idea that everybody else celebrating Valentine’s is somehow better than them, can also now come together en-masse to celebrate Singles Awareness Day (a counter-event to February 14) – as proof that no one is truly alone on Valentine’s Day.
If you’re an Anti-Valentine crusader too, just take a look at some of the utterly brilliant Anti-Valentine’s mementoes available on etsy.com HERE:
“Today is Valentine’s Day. Or, as men like to call it, Extortion day.” Jay Leno
Insider Weekly, February 8, 2017.