Valentine's Day Has Changed So Much Since Its Dark Origins

It's not all about flowers and chocolate.

Ahhh, Valentine’s Day. There’s a lot to love about day that’s all about love – but Valentine’s Day wasn’t always so swoon-worthy.

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In fact, Valentine’s Day has more than one dark backstory. According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, one theory states that Valentine’s Day originated from the Roman festival of Lupercalia held in mid-February where drunk men would sacrifice a goat and dog and then whip naked women with the hides of the slain animals.

Apparently, it was believed that whipping the women would make them more fertile. It’s scary stuff – and hard to believe that would have spurred on a day about love.

The other, slightly more believable backstory comes from a time when Roman Emperor Claudius II prohibited the marriage of young people because he thought unmarried soldiers would fight better than married ones. A man known as St. Valentine broke all the rules and started secretly marrying people. He was eventually caught, imprisoned, tortured and eventually executed on February 14th – hence Valentine’s Day falling on that day. 

If the story is true, it’s a pretty rough start for a day that now brings so many people joy. The good news is, Valentine’s Day has rapidly evolved over the years.

What was once criticised as a holiday invented by greeting card companies to make money off naive romantics has now become a day to celebrate all kinds of love – whether there are gifts involved or not.

Valentine’s Day in 2020 sees people celebrate romantic love, platonic relationships, family bonds and even self-love, which is encouraged across the board. I mean, have you ever listened to Lizzo?

For those who aren’t shacked up, Valentine’s Day has also become the perfect day to cherish your friendships. In 2010, the TV series Parks and Recreation coined the term ‘Galentine’s Day’ – the act of spending Valentine’s with your best girlfriends – which has since become part of pop culture vocabulary. 

Valentine’s Day may have a hateful past but it most definitely has a bright future – whoever you love.

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The 'To All The Boys' Sequel Did What Festival Lineups Failed To Do

Fans are already obsessed.

If you frothed over To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before as hard as I did, you’re going to want to stock up on tissues because the sequel, To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You has just dropped on Netflix.

The film picks up where it left off with Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky continuing their relationship. However, a spanner is thrown into the works when she is reunited with John Ambrose, another recipient of one of her letters.

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The To All The Boys sequel is already receiving lots of love on social media and has even racked up a score of 75% on Rotten Tomatoes after just one day of release. 

Apart from drawing audiences in by reflecting the often awkward and uncomfortable moments of dating during highschool, the TATBILB franchise is also making an effort to improve representation and gender equality in film and TV. 

The film’s soundtrack, which is already receiving plenty of praise online, heavily features female artists including MARINA, BLACKPINK, Gordi, Tegan and Sara, Anna of the North, Nina Nesbitt, Sasha Sloan and Charlotte Lawrence and more.

It’s a similar story for The Bold Type, a TV series that only use artists that identify as woman or non-binary on its soundtrack.

These decisions to create more gender equality in the music that underpins our favourite TV shows and movies couldn’t have come at a better time. This week, fans took to social media to highlight the lack of female artists on the 2020 Reading and Leeds Festival lineup

Out of the 92 names billed on the poster, only 20 are women. The Instagram account @lineupswithoutmales has also highlighted the lack of female representation in festival lineups, even here in Australia.

Gender equality isn’t the only cause TATBILB has been fighting for. It is also hailed as the first mainstream teen romance to feature an Asian-American lead. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lana Condor – who plays Lara Jean in the film – said, “As a young girl, I never got to see a Cinderella moment where the girl looked like me.”

“This is the most important part of the story for me is being able to represent our community. It’s creating a space for Asian-Americans to tell their story and have a moment.” In another interview with Variety, she also acknowledged that the industry still has a long way to go, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

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OG Red Wiggle Murray Cook Tells Us What He Thinks Of That Lil Nas X Collab

Get him a skivvy, it's gonna happen.

ICYMI, the Internet practically imploded earlier this week when Lil Nas X tweeted a pic of himself photoshopped with the OG Wiggles.

Lil Nas captioned the mock single cover for ‘Rodeo Remix,’ “y’all ready?” sending his and The Wiggles’ combined fandom into an absolute tailspin.

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Just when we thought the hottest collab of 2020 was about to drop, The Wiggles chimed in and said “we have no idea what is going on but this is greatest.” 

So, instead of speculating, the GOAT team managed to get OG red Wiggle Murray Cook on the blower for a good old fashioned chinwag.

Speaking about Lil Nas X’s tweet, Murray said, “The first I knew was people retweeting and talking about. But we’re always open to new things.”

One thing that brings Lil Nas X and The Wiggles together is their love of genre bending. “One of the great things of doing The Wiggles was we did do lots of sorts of different music – you’re not tied to genres like other acts. One of our goals was to expose children to lots of different music.”

During our chat with Murray, he also spoke about The Wiggles previous collabs which have included everyone from Kylie Minogue to Shaquille O’Neal. As for Murray’s fave, it’s John Fogerty from Creedence Clearwater Revival. “He’s in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. To play with him was a real dream come true.”

The OG red Wiggle also spoke about how important it is for kids to express themselves creatively and why Sydney should be kept open for the sake of young musicians. 

“I had a lot of people in bands say they got into music because of The Wiggles,” he said. “That’s just really rewarding. It’s really important for our culture to keep live music alive.”

Sounds like Murray and his fellow skivvy enthusiasts are more than up for a collab with Lil Nas X, so watch this space.

Oh, and as for what skivvy Lil Nas would we wearing, Murray says most definitely “pink.”

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