Opinion

Feb. 13: A Holiday I Prefer Not to Celebrate

By Kristina Samulewski

Produced by Vishakha Darbha

Galentine’s Day, celebrated on Feb. 13, a day before Valentine’s Day, has been popularized as a day for women to celebrate their female friendships.

In this audio essay, the Opinion Audio news assistant Kristina Samulewski argues that rather than celebrating women, Galentine’s Day patronizes them, particularly single women. Samulewski makes the case for doing away with the pop culture celebration and instead refocusing Valentine’s Day on the universal experience of love — familial, platonic or romantic.

(A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication in the audio player above.)

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This episode of “The Opinions” was produced by Vishakha Darbha. It was edited by Alison Bruzek and Kaari Pitkin. Engineering by Isaac Jones with mixing by Pat McCusker. Original music by Isaac Jones and Pat McCusker. Fact-checking by Kate Sinclair. Audience strategy by Shannon Busta and Kristina Samulewski.

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