The Real Story of Valentine’s Day: A Feminist’s Nightmare

Whenever I think of Valentine’s Daheart-157895_960_720y, I think of candy, flowers, the color pink, and all manner of romantic nonsense that is usually associated with the holiday. It’s a social justice warrior’s nightmare–promoting largely heterosexual relationships, discriminating against obese feminists that hate men, yet wonder why they’re still single (see Lena Dunham), and instills altogether far too many good feelings on a day that really ought to be dedicated to warring against the inequalities of capitalism and overthrowing the patriarchy.  Between the excessive amount of pink and the cacophony of noise from the feminist crowd, have you ever wondered why Valentine’s Day is even celebrated?

Sometime during the 260s and 270s, a rather violent and apparently unpopular set of wars was being waged by the Roman Empire. Due to the high fatality rate, Emperor Claudius of Rome needed every man he could spare to go out to fight, and fight hard. Claudius viewed marriage as a distraction for his military men, believing that single men would take more risks in battle as they had no one dependent upon them waiting at home. In light of this, Claudius decreed that military men could no longer get married and forbade all ceremonies. A rebellious man named Valentine (or possibly Valentinus) refused to obey this decree and continued performing Christian marriage ceremonies regardless of the consequences. Valentine has also been rumored to have assisted many who were jailed in Roman prisons, as this was a time in which Christians came under heavy persecution from the Roman Empire. Neither of these acts put Valentine in good standing with the evil empire (see Star Wars), and he was soon arrested.

Now the events that occurred while Valentine was in prison are slightly more sketchy, specifically because many of them would have occurred without witnesses outside of those who were affected. Legend tells that while Valentine was in prison he prayed with the blind daughter of the jailer and her sight was restored. Both the jailer and the daughter are said to have converted to Christianity as a result of this. Legend further tells that Valentine established a rapport with the Roman Emperor, that is until he attempted to convert him to Christianity. For these crimes against the Roman empire, Valentine was sentenced to death. Prior to the execution, Valentine is claimed to have sent the famed letter to the jailer’s daughter signed, “from your Valentine.” On February 14th of that year, Valentine was beaten, stoned, and beheaded for his crimes.

This leaves feminists and social justice warriors in a conundrum–for, while they are perfectly happy to have a presumably white male beaten and executed for the crime of being an evangelizing Christian, the fact that he was a martyr for the cause of traditional marriage is…er…problematic. Since this account of St. Valentine will send your average feminist into a tizzy, I encourage all of you to share this post with as many of them as you can in honor of the day. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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How to Get Twitter Followers–Behind the Scenes with @WarriorWoman91

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That’s right. If you are a nobody like myself that wants followers you are going to have to do the legwork of actively following other people. This can be slow going at first due to Twitter’s various restrictions on fledgling accounts, but with a little dose of patience and a knack for finding good followers you will start to see that uptick in your follower number that you so desperately desire.

Follow Back

Especially at the beginning of your Twitter life, following people back is a must. Unless you are a celebrity already, people are more likely to unfollow you if you do not follow back within a reasonable amount of time. Conclusion: if you want your followers to stay, following them back gives them a good reason.

Once your Twitter site exceeds a certain size (generally happens post 10k) you’ll realize it’s impossible to follow everybody back and the requirement of doing so will subside. However, even at my almost 100k I still make an effort to follow people back, particularly those who interact with me in my mentions or in hashtags.

Respond

Responding to people that mention you is a great way to build up an active following. Using the quote tweet method is my new favorite way of doing this, especially if I’m responding to something particularly clever.

Even people that write nasty or stupid things to you are often times worth responding to. Again, this is why I love the quote tweet methods since you can use Andrew Breitbart’s retweet the hate doctrine to expose it in addition to responding with your own comment for all to see.

Retweet

Find people that posts things you like and retweet them! Trust me, they’ll notice and appreciate it oftentimes to the point of giving you a followback or a retweet in return. Retweet unto others as you would have them retweet unto you.

Interact

Talk to people! Seek good ideas out and comment on them! You make far more connections by actually participating in the public forum that is Twitter, rather than sitting in your secure little safe space waiting for people to talk to you.

Don’t Post Crap

You’re not alone on Twitter. Contrary to spambot belief, I don’t care about your stupid save the hedgehog posts or weight loss secrets. Your posts should have as much benefit for others as they do for yourself. If you send me stuff that has lots of spammy, cussword filled content, I have no problem with blocking you. Therefore, if you don’t want to be treated like a bot, don’t act like one.

Have fun!