Goodness knows I love my Ancient Pagan holidays, but really – I’ve got a bone to pick with St. Valentine’s Day. I mean, COME ON. And no, this isn’t just another rant about how commercialism is really the worst thing around (cause it really really sucks, but that’s a rant for another day.) Instead, this is more of a wake-up call to my fellow humans about the perils of such a genderizing holiday as Valentine’s Day.
It is sickening the way we teach our kids about gender. And when I say: “teach our kids about gender” I really mean: “force gender binaries down their little fuckin’ throats”.
Boys = blue, trucks, dragons, legos
Girls = pink, ponies, fairies, barbies
It’s all laid out in blue and pink. There is no purple. You must be one or the other. So much so that everything – and I do mean EVERYTHING from their mittens to their Valentine’s Day cards MUST fall along party lines.
And surfing Pinterest, you’ll find most everyone just plays along. There are some GREAT Valentine’s Day ideas on Pinterest for both kids and adults. But it makes me so sad to see these labeled as good crafty ideas for “boy valentines”. I’m pretty sure my Batman-loving lady friends would say differently. And on the other hand, why do we have to paint Spiderman on a heart cookie for a little boy to enjoy it? Why do we insist on labeling hearts and romantic things as “girly” teaching little boys that they must shun these things like the plague? I don’t have an answer for you. But I just wanted to heighten your awareness on this day. So maybe mull on these thoughts while you surf Pinterest for your perfect Valentine’s Day plans.
FEMINIST HULK SMASH GENDER BINARIES ONE PIN AT A TIME.