On this dreary Tuesday morning, the eve of a day treasured by some…and probably loathed by more…I offer you gals a solution to the Valentine’s Day blues. I did a little research, and it turns out that throughout history plenty has happened on February 14th, and most of it has nothing to do with love, red hearts, sappy cards, chocolate, sexy lingerie, boyfriends, roses, or any sort of romantic gesture. One event was seemingly appropriate for the Valentine non-believers. On February 14, 1967 Aretha Franklin recorded her famous (and dare I say empowering) single, “Respect.” If you’ve grown up in modern American culture, I think its virtually impossible to not be familiar with the song. (Hell, most of us can sing it line for line).
So I propose this:
If you’re a lady with a good guy who will do it right on Valentine’s Day…good for you. And, if you’re like the other 90% of the female population…don’t think of February 14th as Valentine’s Day. Think of it as the day that Aretha Franklin told every dirty, no-good, cheating, lying worthless asshole what she demanded and deserved…a little respect.