Most women we know either revel or dread February 14th, Valentine's Day. Well, it looks like men are the same way. Out of 50 men polled, 40 knew the date. The other 10, well, they were close.
Now that the Christmas trees and Menorahs are packed away, it's obviously time to start preparing for Valentine's Day. The festive among us have already put up red heart-shaped lights, and we're still not sure how to compete. It shouldn't be this hard. Valentine's Day is a celebration of love and, well, we love love! For some reason, however, the thought of celebrating this Hallmark holiday has some of us feeling homicidal. How to get in the mood?
There has been a messy-mess of virgin and abstinence talk over the past couple of years. Conservatives and liberals argued over sexual education. Some famous teens were impregnated. A comely 22-year old sold her virginity to a Nevada brothel and we all said "how sweet" when we saw the Jonas Brothers' purity rings. But the shoemaker Candies may be really confusing matters with their newest campaign for abstinence.
Virginity appears to be a pretty big deal in Europe too. In addition to Adriana Lima holding out for marriage, a Romanian teen sold her flower to an Italian business man but must pay taxes on the transaction and a Polish man in London almost went to the slammer for trying to get a prostitute to take is 14-year old son's virginity.
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.