February 17, 2009

Feel Free to Answer

Hyperbole, epitome and dichotomy rhyme. So why doesn't dichotomy end with an e as well?

The only true high noon exists on the equator. So how did gunslingers of the Wild West know when to meet if they didn't have a watch?

All the boys in grade school were dicks to me. Does that mean I was the hottest girl in elementary school?

Saint Valentine was crucified and we honor him by eating heart shaped things. Isn't that being a tad insensitive?


Foley said...

There are many early Christian martyrs named Valentine, possibly as many as 14.

The Saint Valentine that we associate with Valentine's Day is actually two different men, Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. Some historians claim that they were the same man. Both were priests around Rome and were martyred for refusing to denounce their faith. There is an account of Valentine of Rome being beheaded for refusing to deny his faith. How these men/man became associated with love and lovers is unknown. The best explanation is that St. Valentine of Rome is said to have married young couples despite a decree by the emperor forbidding it.

Back to your question: Saint Valentine was crucified and we honor him by eating heart shaped things. Isn't that being a tad insensitive?

Crucified or beheaded – does not matter both get you dead. No, I do not find how we honor St. Valentine with hearts or eating hearts to be insensitive. I find that we do not even know who we are honoring insensitive and I also find many other practices of Valentine’s Day to be insensitive especially towards men.

belleshpgrl said...

Wow, Foley. What do you know about Saint Cecilia?

I too find Valentine's Day insensitive towards men and just stupid in general. The companies with stock in Valentine's Day make it the man's responsibility to do everything including buy diamonds(!). I think it's all bullshit.

Ike Schmamaio said...

Then I'm assuming you'd give your man a free pass for skipping town on such a BS holiday?

belleshpgrl said...

Well Ike, it appears I did.

Foley said...

Belle....I don't know anything off the top of my head about St. Cecilia, she not nearly as famous as St. Valentine.

But two questions:

1) Do you really agree with me or are you being sarcastic?

2) Who is this Ike guy? He sounds pretty awesome.

belleshpgrl said...

Foley, I'm going to answer this assuming you don't know who I am.

I am not being sarcastic. I don't care for Valentine's Day and I never have. I think it is silly that there is a day where it is required to show you love another. Who are you showing? If you are celebrating Valentine's Day to show others you love someone then your name is Spencer Pratt. If you are celebrating it because there are pre-made cards telling you how to show your affection then you are frigid and should live with mountain goats. If the people you love don't know you love them unless it's Feb 14th then you need to reevaluate your priorities.

As for the rampant and inherent sexism in Valentine's Day- it goes both ways. Women are expected to buy slutty underwear and men are supposed to shower their women with stupid shiny rocks. I could go on but it still remains- dumb.

Just let your loved ones know you care all year round like you're supposed to and this day is moot.

Tina Winston said...

i believe you mean moo...it's like a cow's opinion; it doesn't matter.

Nerual said...

Foley did a lot of research for that original post. I was there. I mocked him. Gee, I wish I could hang out with belle & Ike sometime soon...