I find this to be so annoying. Some loser is trying grab publicity by calling for a male boycott of Valentine's Day. Oh how original. When's your book out, dude?
Supposed "relationship expert", Marc Rudov, has been trying for five years to get men to grow some balls, he says, and realize that Valentine's day is a sexist holiday centered around greed, materialism, and double standards. It's hard to put your finger on what makes Rudov so charming, isn't it.
Rudov whines that women don't buy men anything, so why should men buy women something? My sash! My beads! Chill out, Drizella. Valentine's Day is not about who gets what.
And I don't think that really comes as a surprise to anyone with half a brain. Sure, Valentine's Day is commercial. But what holiday isn't? Most sane people can look beyond the gimmicks and the seasonal aisles and get to the heart of the matter, as it were. February 14th is a day to take a moment to tell your loved ones how you feel.
In no way is it necessary to buy anything. I'm pretty sure 9 women out of 10 will say a homemade card is way better than flowers delivered with that corporate half-note that has your name spelled wrong.
Rudov has this to say to AOL:
There's nothing romantic about coercing men to oblige female entitlement ... Valentine's Day artificially and unilaterally caters to women. It's the media's annual male-bashing fest.
Well, there is nothing romantic about entitlement, period. I am, however, willing to concede that there are women out there who demand expensive gifts and pout when the Rolex only has one row of diamonds, but I think we're all pretty real here on this side of the nuthouse. Anything 'thoughful' trumps anything 'expensive', any day of any week.
It's a shame that Rudov has only encountered women who are materialistic and demanding. It's a shame he hasn't met a woman who would give him a gift on V day or would be thankful for something (gasp!) inexpensive.
I know someone who isn't getting one of my Snoopy Valentine's this year.
What do you think of Rudov's boycott?
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