Adding insult to injury, Valentine's Day becomes an opportunity for men, in the guise of romance, to obligate their wives to sex when what their wives really want is time to relax, sleep, and have their houses cleaned by someone else.... For many women Valentine's Day does not bring out romantic feelings, instead, it ignites anger and frustration. Valentine's Day seems to benefit men while requiring women to smile as they accommodate the desires of another man one more time.Somehow, I have the feeling that if Gallup was to take a poll of both sexes, asking if the respondent would prefer that Valentine's Day did not exist, it would not be women, but men, who would overwhelmingly prefer it to disappear. Removing one more opportunity for a man to fail to satisfy the expectations of an angry, frustrated woman from the calendar probably sounds like a marvelous idea to most men.
There are certainly no shortage of problems in the world for which men bear the greater responsibility. But Valentine's Day expectations? Forget expectations, I expect the average man merely hopes to avoid a catastrophic meltdown triggered by a gift of the wrong chocolate or a floral display deemed inadequate.
However, this assertion gives the alpha yet another weapon in his harem-ruling arsenal. "Oh, is it Valentine's Day? I didn't get you the conventional cards, chocolate, and flowers, because of course I didn't wish to ignite any anger and frustration on your part. Skittle?"