Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Make-Single-People-Feel-Bad Day!

Because really, isn't that the net effect if not the overall goal?

I opined on this back in '05:
You know what? Although Valentine's Day, in theory, is supposed to be a celebration of love and relationships and all that fuzzy stuff, I think it's also, in practice that is, a kick in the teeth to those of us who are single. []

e.e. cumming's Ever-Ever Land excerpt:

down above all with love
and everything perverse
or which makes some feel more better
when all ought to feel less worse

Warren Ellis suggests another interpretation:
And to those who hate the day, I say this: Valentine’s Day is a Christian corruption of a pagan festival involving werewolves, blood and fucking. So wish people a happy Horny Werewolf Day and see what happens.
I could get on board with that.

Bonus Links:
Surviving Valentine's Day If You Are Single (BBC, H2G2)
Dear Valentine's Day (tinuviel)
Dear Valentine's Day (vetusangelus)
Ugh, It's Another Valentine's Day and I'm Still Single (Yahoo! Personals)
Valentine's Day: Holiday from hell (CNN)