What most of us call “love” is actually the violent oppression of women, according to radical feminists. The latest trend in feminism’s decades-long war against human nature recently inspired me to write a Valentine’s Day poem:
Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
The heteronormative patriarchy
Is raping you.
That verse probably won’t make it into any anthologies of feminist poetry, although it is a concise summary of radical feminism’s implacable hostility toward traditional love. And the traditions of Valentine’s Day are part of what feminist Samhita Mukhopadhyay calls the “Romantic-Industrial Complex.” The holiday celebrates “traditional and conventional fantasies about gender and love,” Mukhopadhyay, former executive editor of the blog Feministing.com, wrote two years ago. “It’s what theorists call heteronormativity: the structures and norms that privilege heterosexual monogamy, while simultaneously stigmatizing behavior that deviates from this model.”