February 6 2007

Take Back the Date

Allison Kasic

Valentine’s Day is just a short week away.  For some of you that means boxes of chocolate, a romantic evening out on the town, or a girls night with your best friends.  But on college campuses, Valentine’s Day is a whole different ball game.  On campus, Valentine’s Day is V-Day.

V-DAY is "Violence Against Women Day." The centerpiece of this radical feminist "holiday" is The Vagina Monologues, a vulgar play performed on more than 600 campuses every spring. On campus women will tell you that this play is helping to prevent violence against women; but although the play raises money for a good cause, the hyper-sexualized play counteracts the positive contributions of the feminist movement and degrades women.

Luckily, IWF has an alternative to V-Day.  IWF encourages students to "Take Back the Date" on their campus. Guys: Take women out. Open doors. Buy them flowers. Women: Let guys take you out. If you like a guy, ask him out yourself. Pass out IWF’s cupid flyer on campus as a way to restore chivalry and personal responsibility among students. Call people’s attention to the way Valentine’s Day has been politicized. Voice your opposition to V-Day.

Check out our TBTD homepage (www.takebackthedate.com) for commentary, student stories, student activism ideas, and much more.  Leading up to Valentine’s Day, I’ll be posting some student stories here on Inkwell, so stay tuned.

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