A day to celebrate all things romantic love, especially cisgendered, heterosexual love, makes pretty much everyone feel less than. Even those of us in relationships that look - at least on the surface - like the stereotypical, media driven ideal, can feel less than. Further, there is so much hype that accompanies this holiday that it makes everything such a hassle. Case in point: I am in a healthy, happy romantic relationship, but we decided to put our plans to take advantage of half price night at a local museum on hold rather than deal with the nonsense around today.
Having said that, I still kind of want to share some of my favorite Valentine related things I've seen this year.
First, there's #ValentineASpecies over on Twitter. I have long contended that #SciComm twitter is the best twitter, and this fun trend is just more proof of that. Here are some fun ones I saw, but I recommend perusing the hashtag if you need a laugh:
Roses are red— WCBS880 Author Talks (@wcbs880books) February 14, 2019
Peacocks are blue
Or have lots of boos 😘#ValentineASpecies pic.twitter.com/Nw6dXAHa8o
Roses are red— Hawk Conservancy (@HawkConservancy) February 14, 2019
We all need more culture
So forget about looks
And make friends with a vulture#ValentineASpecies #LoveVultures
Photo: Ottilie Zivanovic pic.twitter.com/92nRQgWFr6
Then there's the neural net written candy heart messages. I encouraged people to tag themselves. For the record, I'm definitely "My Hag":
Finally, I've written about how much I admire Jeffrey Marsh before, and their public reminder that aromantic and asexual individuals are just as loved and wanted and supported and seen made me admire them even more:
If you’re ace or aro I know this is a hard time of year. My heart is with you. I see you. 💛🌈💕— jeffrey marsh (@thejeffreymarsh) February 14, 2019
So, whether you're happily in love and in a romantic relationship, or happily single and looking forward to half-priced chocolate tomorrow, or some other state that combines those two or is a completely other thing, I hope you have a great day.