Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Many people will be celebrating with their loved ones, giving and receiving candy and flowers, and feeling generally warm and fuzzy. While part of me would love to join in on the love fest, I have decided to write about the other date that falls on February 14th - V-Day. For those of you who have never heard of this, V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls inspired by Eve Ensler’s play, The Vagina Monologues.
Critics of V-Day are angry that there are people who want to talk about Domestic Violence on a day that is supposed to be about relationships and love. To them I say – until domestic violence is no longer tied to “relationships” and “love”, I will continue to talk about it. I think Valentines Day is the perfect day to talk about this issue. It is a time when women and men should examine love and relationships and either cherish having found a man who isn’t abusive, plan on how to escape an abusive relationship, or try and help someone who is being abused.