Sex in the News: Occupy Valentine's Day

Dear friends who thought I would stop ranting about Valentine’s Day once I was in a relationship, I’m sorry; you were mistaken.
I know I’m not the only person that rants about V-Day (coupled or otherwise). My new favourite Tumblr account, Occupy Valentine’s Day, proves it. Created by Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Life author (and Executive Editor of Feministing), Samhita Mukhopadhyay, the site is collecting stories of love that are not limited to the commercial definition. The site wants to change the culture of romance. For my contribution I’m going to share some facts you might not have known about V-Day.

  • In the United States the cost of the 189 million red roses sold around February 14 adds up to a whopping $1.6 billion.
  • California produces more roses than any other state, but Columbia and Ecuador produce 90% of roses sold in the US.
  • 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent in the US, which if attached could make a chain wrapping around the world five times over.
  • According to National Geographic the holiday originates from a “raucous annual Roman festivals where men stripped naked, grabbed goat- or dog-skin whips, and spanked young maidens in hopes of increasing their fertility.”
  • National Geographic also reports this year V Day will generate $17.6 billion in sales. Up from last year, this shows the economy is getting better.
  • 8 billion chalky conversation hearts will be produced this year.
  • 11% of Americans get engaged on Valentine’s Day.
  • Condom sales will increase by 20-30%.
B*tch, I Love You: A Valentine's Playlist for the Man in Your Life
B*tch, I Love You: A Valentine's Playlist for the Man in Your Life
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