As Cupid's visit approaches couples inevitably feel pressure to make the day unforgettable, but creating a memory can be costly. According to the National Retail Federation the average couple will spend $102.50 making their sweetheart feel special this Valentine's Day—down 17% from last year, but still a good chunk of change. With emotions, expectations and costs running so high, it's no wonder that some people eschew the holiday all together. Often, though, the most significant moments in a relationship come when people stop thinking with their wallets.
When He's Just Not That Into You, Liz Tuccillo and Greg Behrendt's book about identifying dead-end relationships, debuted in 2006 it empowered confused women everywhere to move out and move on (well, at least it happened that way on Oprah). This "you go, girl" attitude arrived to the big screen Friday, February 6. The movie version has a celeb-studded cast including Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Justin Long (the Mac guy and Drew's ex) and Scarlett Johansson.
"V-Day." Sounds more like an invasion of Normandy than a day spent celebrating love and romance. And rightfully so. Sometimes the intricacies of preparing for the holiday resemble war-room strategy more than jubilation.For all us fighters out there, trying to stay strong against our own culture, I have some suggestions. Resistance is fine, but subversion is that much better. Don't cross your arms and insist on having a bad time just to spite everyone else. I don't want to overthrow V-Day. I want to reclaim it.
There are many levels of Valentine's Day celebration. Lazy folks pick up a box of Russell Stover's on the way home from work. The more traditionally-minded make dinner reservations at your favorite restaurant. V-Day fanatics eat oysters and cover their beds in rose petals. But what about those among us who are looking for a more, shall we say, unique gift? YourTango is here to help. Below, five gifts he may never receive (or want) again.
You think you've gotten a bad gift? You'll think twice about exchanging your present—or your partner!—after seeing some of the awful gifts women have actually received from the men in their lives. We polled women in New York City's Union Square to see how clueless guys can really be; here are the ten worst.
For whatever reason (maybe the abstinence-only sex ed debate), virginity is everywhere. Some of our most popular movies are about young men out to lose their v-cards. And the news is filled with stories of older virgins when it's not mentioning deflowering for sale. What gives? And why for several thousand years have we been obsessed with virgin women?
Everyone's favorite magic man (no you see him, now you don't?) discusses his deflowering in this month's Details. We're willing to bet that that article REALLY got Details' readership fired up. Evidently, it was a much older woman per Daniel Radcliffe.
Are we getting more and more cynical about love every year that passes, or is it just about Valentine's Day? As other countries begin to latch on to V-Day traditions that Americans (or American greeting card companies?) created, we seem to be rationalizing it as just a silly excuse for a holiday.
I received a post valentine's greeting, which I couldn't resist sharing. Apparently this puppy was born last May in Japan with a large, clear, love-heart-shaped pattern in his coat. The Chihuahua was born as one of a litter to a breeder. Owner Emiko Sakurada said it was the first time a puppy with the marks had been born out of a thousand she had bred. She had no plans to sell the puppy, which has been named 'Heart-kun'.Ok, I will admit my fiance and I are a little skeptical...if we can create artwork dying our own hair, it seems plausible that Heart-kun's owner might have just perfected doggy dyes. Faux fur or not, ya gotta admit, this little guy is adorable.
Is Valentine’s Day just another ploy for Hallmark to stack dollars? Apparently not, since they haven’t covered all bases when it comes to that perfect card. Some of us here at Tango took it upon ourselves to come up with a few V-Day greeting card concepts that we think would sell big. Feel free to toss out that cutesy “Dog with a heart that says ‘I Woof You’” card and use one of ours…
Contrary to popular (guy) belief, Valentine's Day is not entirely invented by Hallmark. Was it made popular by them and other retailers? Probably. But there was a real St. Valentine but his day may be holdover from a Roman fertility festival. Well, the next time you're in the British Isle, you can check out Valentine's bones (possibly) in Dublin and the first Valentine in London.
Not everyone needs a Valentine. In fact, in a lot of ways you're better off without one. Did you know that single women: do less housework, earn more money, gain less weight, and orgasm more often from masturbating than their married friends? On top of that, they don't have to pretend to like gifts and can find Mr. Right any time they want...