Valentine’s Day originated from the 18th Century, when Saint Valentine began this tradition by sending a letter to his lover Asterius using ‘Your Valentine’ as a farewell. This symbol of affection evolved in England and across the world into an occasion in which lovers would express their love for one another. Now an annual tradition, handwritten valentines that have been used since the 19th Century have given way to mass produced greeting cards.
This now-commercial day creates a nervous anxiety, excitement and speculation which breaks out in schools across the world; causing students – particularly girls, who are already at a vulnerable stage in their lives to feel as if their sense of self-confidence about their own attractiveness is reliant on getting a card or not. And it isn’t surprising that many teenagers get these apprehensive feelings, as it is part of human nature to need the recognition and reassurance that only a cheesy Valentine’s card can bring. And it isn’t just our generation who has felt this way. Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers once waited nervously for boys to offer an enticing hand onto the dance floor.
But we must remember that things have changed hugely since our grandmothers’ generation; once a girl’s whole future and economic stability was dependent on attracting a husband and now in modern society that is no longer the case. Do we really need to get so anxious about this day and what it stands for? Maybe we should tone down the antics this Valentine’s Day as girls these days can be confident in their own attractiveness whether or not they get an envelope on the 14 February. Take after the Beyonce, whose recent, popular song contained this message for girls everywhere – ‘You wake up, Flawless!’
TNT News Anna Seifu