The Oberlin Review

People Should Treat Every Day Like It’s Valentine’s Day

Maddi Kimball, Contributing Writer

February 15, 2019

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

This year, I swore I wouldn’t do anything for Valentine’s Day. Not because I am anti-Valentine’s Day, or because Cupid skipped over me this year, but because I find myself wondering what the point of Valentine’s Day truly is. Prioritizing someone for a hot second, and then falling back into a monotonous cycle of pushing them aside until an anniversary comes around? Take it from me, a girl who was so fed up with this cycle in her own relationship that she chose Valentine’s Day of all days to end a relationship — which was rather convenient, as chocolate was half-off the next day. I don’t know about you, but Valentine’s Day seemed so much more palatable as a small child, when it meant that you made cute...

Valentine’s Day Comic

Valentine’s Day Comic

February 15, 2019

Cravings

Cravings

February 17, 2017

OSLAM Switches Focus with Love-Centric Slam

OSLAM Switches Focus with Love-Centric Slam

February 19, 2016

The night before Valentine’s Day, the Cat in the Cream filled with excited OSLAM fans. The large audience spilled onto the floor; friends huddled in from the cold with coffee and cookies. OSLAM is best known for its gripping political and emotional poetry, but the group’s Feb. 13 performance focused on love and positivity. In keeping with the romantic theme, the group also held a “Date a Poet” raffle where, for $1, audience members could win the chance to go on a friend date with their favorite...

Jurassic 5 Founder Fails to Win Over Audience with Dreary Set

Jurassic 5 Founder Fails to Win Over Audience with Dreary Set

February 20, 2015

Hip-hop hearts were broken upon lauded lyricist and Jurassic 5 founder Chali 2na’s appearance at the ’Sco on Valentine’s Eve. 2na was phantasmal, retreating backstage for periods that reached 15 minutes in length. In his absence, electronic music duo and recent collaborators Funk Hunters did their best to fill the void 2na created, bringing a tightly mixed strain of high-energy dance music that had the crowd moving. For those who weren’t especially interested in 2na or hip-hop, the perform...

Valentine’s Day Too Often Compromises, Cheapens Intimacy

CJ Blair, Columnist

February 13, 2015

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

If there’s a holiday that’s further out of touch with the reality of what it celebrates than Valentine’s Day, I haven’t found it yet. While the marriage of the commercial and the emotional is a trend far from alien to American holidays, this connection is more contrived and unwarranted with V-Day than any other. Though it would be an exaggeration to claim that Valentine’s Day is a year-long source of worry, its adverse consequences are often ignored in favor of narratives that fit the bill of a romantic February 14. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, which is not bad in and of itself. Yet the ubiquity of hearts and roses and the rhetoric of the importance of public displays of love have transformed...

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