Is Valentine’s Day more of a girl or a guy holiday?
February 11, 2016
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Putting all of the expensive chocolate and giant teddy bears aside, what really is Valentine’s Day? According to dictionary.com, Valentine’s Day is:
February 14, observed in honor of St. Valentine as a day for the exchange of valentines and other tokens of affection.
While this holiday is intended for both people in a relationship, it has often been observed that the man gives most of the gifts to the woman. Therefore, the holiday is centered on the girl instead of the guy. To prove this fact, about 36% of women buy red roses on this day, compared to 64% of men who buy red roses on this day. Therefore, there are about 28% more girls that receive roses on Valentine’s Day than guys. Some people may view this as a biased holiday, but on average, 55% of women will purchase candy for their significant other, while 52% of men will purchase candy. This is not a significant difference, and it is one of the only things that women will spend more on. Senior Morgan Simpson thinks that “Men should spend more…Hint: Kyle Howarth!” However, money is not the only factor to consider in this comparison. Time spent on planning this romantic day is also an important factor that reveals much about the relationship. About 30.3% of people think that men should be responsible for the Valentine’s Day plans. On the other hand, a mere 1.6% of the common population feel that women should take the reins and plan this special day. The remaining 68.1% believe that this day should be planned together, instead of being planned entirely by one person.
We recently polled a combination of freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors at East Lake High School. When asked whether they believed Valentine’s Day was more of a girl’s, boy’s or both holiday, they answered as follows:
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Based on the poll, an overwhelming amount of the East Lake High School population voted that Valentine’s Day was more of a holiday for girls than boys. Forty-two people voted that it was a girl’s holiday, while no one voted for it being a boy’s holiday. Only two people voted that Valentine’s Day was a shared holiday where both boys and girls shared its benefits.
With all of the emphasis on Valentine’s Day being a girl’s holiday, many lose sight of how much work the guy puts in to make this special for her. The pressure accumulates and this could be considered a guy’s holiday because of his role in pleasing his significant other. With roses to buy, dinners to plan, and the debate of what jewelry or bear to give, the guy can become overwhelmed very quickly. In some instances, most guys do not get the credit they deserve. Spending, on average, about $190.53, the guys definitely spend more than the girls, who average $96.58. East Lake’s junior Daniella Altumura stated, “Yes, that seems right to me.” As the numbers skyrocket, the pressure increases that much more for the guys. As the girl benefits the most from this holiday, we view Valentine’s Day as a holiday centered on women.