Far be it for me to rain on anyone parade, or take away from the gooey feeling of those who are in love, lust or any other state that drives someone to do something ‘romantic’ on February the 14th, but Valentines Day really does SUCK!!

It’s a day invented by card and gift companies to boost revenue in the slow period after Christmas. They couldn’t have in in January because most peoples bank balance is barely recovering from Christ’s knock out blow, so they stick it slap in the middle of February, just in time to kick start the year.

Sure it might be a cynical viewpoint, but you don’t have to look far for the evidence that Valentines day isn’t as much about ‘lurve’ as it is about making money. Flourists send the price of red roses into orbit, while shops pack their windows with all manner of cheap and nasty red things to try and relieve you of some hard earned cash. In the same way that Christmas isn’t really about Christ, Valentines day isn’t about love. It’s about ‘you better get her something or you’re in the dog house!

If you’re single then it can go either way. You might save money because you don’t have to go out and buy something for someone (yet another teddy bear with a red ‘I love you’ T-Shirt, and more overpriced chocolates in a red heart shaped box). Or maybe you’re a dizzy romantic (read ‘keeping your options open’) and so you now have to go out and buy several cards, teddies and chocolates for all those special people in your life.

I’m not averse to being romantic and showing someone you love them (or at least want to sleep with them), but I object to being backed into a corner to do so. I’m much more of a believer in doing this kind of thing when YOU feel so inclined. The response when unexpected is usually much better too! But the problem with Valentines day is that, like Christmas, your giving isn’t done necessarily because you really want to, but because it’s expected of you. And while your ‘significant other’ may share your opinions about the ugly commercialisation of February the 14th and how much of it is little more than a thinly veiled opportunity to make money, you’d better not choose this year or this person to make a stand against the insincerity of Valentines day.

Be my Anti Valentine
Christian sex (You can sometimes do it in the morning too – Woohoo!!!)
Purity Day – P-Lease!
True Love Waits (and ‘cashes in’ in the meantime)
Official ‘Day of Purity’ website
Animated KamaSutra (A very strange site indeed!)
HBO (Just to offset all this purity stuff)