“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?” – Gandhi (To the Women of India on October 4, 1930).
Although the Valentine’s Day our society knows very well is full of candy hearts, chocolate, Hallmark cards, love songs, and dinner dates, this day can also serve as a reminder that every single person deserves to be loved in a respectful, healthy, and empowering way – without the threat of violence. It is an injustice to all to be treated otherwise and to be in an relationship or marriage that is destructive, toxic, abusive, and disempowering. Let this day be full of happiness, delicious sweets, and promoting a love that every human deserves to have.
Healthy, respectful, and empowering love is what this holiday can positively remind us all of.
“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.” – Charlotte Bronte
“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” – Toni Morrison