Women tend to over-think things -- that we know. But as it turns out, men do quite a bit of obsessive ruminating on their own, especially when it comes to Valentine's Day.
The Stir embarked on an investigative sting operation in an effort to unearth the male perspective on the most romantic day of the year. We asked real guys, both in and out of the office, to tell us their thoughts on Valentine's Day and whether they looked forward to the special day or wanted to kick it to the curb.
The responses varied across the board, yet a common theme emerged from the bunch: Whether he's a hopeless romantic or bitter cynic, no male is safe from the stress of Valentine's Day.
What follows are responses from seven men waxing poetic about Valentine's Day and our attempt to psychoanalyze them.
But really, Valentine's Day seems like it's really all about the woman. If we don't get flowers, candy, jewelry, dinner reservations, etc. then we're the worst boyfriends/husbands ever and we'll get talked about. Sometimes I think that men are competing with other men just to make sure that their woman isn't the one people are talking about in the office the next day.
If only all guys could be like this guy -- the "realist." The realist knows that you're expecting a lot on Valentine's Day and is OK with that. He wants you to be happy about what you two did on Valentine's Day, and more important, he wants you to tell your friends you are happy about what you two did on Valentine's Day.
From Office Guy #1:
If you want my opinion on Valentine's Day, it's the same as New Year's Eve ... it's for amateurs.
Ah, the "Valentine's Day veteran." Don't be tempted to call this guy a heartless cynic; the veteran simply believes that there is more to life with your lover than one night of dedication and intimacy. He doesn't stress and understands there are other ways to tell you he loves you besides a cheesy box of chocolates. Of course, he hopes you feel the same way.
From Andrew Dalton, The Stir's Ask Dad:
Unlike other Dangerous Days of Relationship Significance -- anniversaries, birthdays, the day you first met, the day your cats first met -- you can't possibly forget it, since every store is bathed in crimson and pink and sparkles and hearts six weeks in advance, and ads for crappy movies will be everywhere, sometimes even called Valentine's Day. It's like everyone in the world decided to leave you a Post-It note.
The "way too pressured dude" will most likely get you a box of chocolates and a card and call it a day. He'll do the absolute minimum and think he's done a great job. Kudos to you, dude, but making a joke out of the day of love never ends well.
From Office Guy #2:
Boom chicca chicca boom boom. Is that blunt or just plain juvenile?
Gotta love the pervert! I'm sure there will be tons of Internet chat rooms waiting for lusty lovers like this on Monday night, am I right?
From Office Guy #3:
Valentine's Day is not really a gay holiday ... I like to think of it as the day my straight male friends will disappoint their wives.
Many gay men have a wonderful attitude toward this holiday that I can respect. Looking at the day as a source for pure comedic enjoyment sounds a lot more fun than worrying about if you picked out the right truffles from Godiva.
From Matt Gross, DadWagon.com:
Now that we have a kid, there’s a baby-sitter to arrange, and a definite hour we need to be home by, and the likelihood that, between work and child care and the general stress of living, we’ll just be too tired to enjoy ourselves the way we feel like we’re supposed to on this, the Most Romantic Day of the Year™.
The loving father's response might be the best of the bunch! He's already tackled the concept of romanticism with his wife, and the couple understands mutually that stressing may not be enjoyable -- but it can be worth it to satisfy the one you love.
What does your man think about Valentine's Day?
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