13 Ways To Celebrate Anti-Valentine's Day This February

13 Ways To Celebrate Anti-Valentine's Day This February

I'm more of a fan of curling up by myself and using the day as an excuse for some self-care.
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Valentine's Day--one of, if not the, most overrated "holiday" out there. Personally, I'm not a fan of the whole "spend lots of money on this one random day a year just because society says we need to."

I'm more of a fan of curling up by myself and using the day as an excuse for some self-care. Here are 13 ways to celebrate anti-Valentine's Day.

1. Netflix binge-fest

Admit it, there are so many days we'd rather binge watch our favorite show than get up and be an adult. Take advantage of your anti-Valentine's Day celebration and take some time to catch up on your favorite show.

2. Chinese take-out

I mean, do we really need an excuse to eat Chinese food? No. But will we use this day as an excuse to eat Chinese food? Yes.

3. Spending time with your pet

I can't help it if I like my dog more than most (all) people.

4. Taking a night off from schoolwork

Being a college student comes with a lot of studying. Take advantage of the day, and take some time off from the books.

5. Reading a good book

OK, so maybe you can't make yourself stop reading because you do it so much, so instead, curl up with that novel you've been dying to read but has been collecting dust on your side table.

6. Taking a nap

Naps are hard to come by, and when you actually have the time to take one, take advantage of it.

7. Shopping trip for yourself

Are those shoes calling your name? Go get them!

8. Sleeping-in

Maybe you don't have time for a nap, that's OK--just sleep in late instead.

9. A "date" with your BFF

Who needs a romantic date when you have a best friend?

10. Reading Odyssey articles

Was this not obvious?

11. Job hunting

Spend your anti-V-Day productively and apply for that job you've been eyeing for weeks!

12. Eating candy you bought for yourself

Who says you need a boyfriend to eat candy?

13. Smiling because you don't have to waste money you don't have on someone else

I mean, does it get better than that?

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If All You Have To Talk About Is Your Boyfriend, Don't Talk To Me

This single pringle doesn't want to hear about how amazing Brad is 24/7.
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I've learned to hold my tongue when it comes to talking about a guy I'm seeing now that I am older. When I was dating some boyfriends of the past, my high school-self found talking about them to be a topic of conversation I utilized quite a lot. Looking back on this, I've realized that people do not always want to hear about your significant other constantly — and many ladies haven't gotten the memo still.

I'm not saying don't talk to me about him. If I ask about him it's because I genuinely want to know how he is or hear the latest gossip. I don't hate hearing you talk about him, but if all I hear every second of our conversations is something about him doing this or that all I start hearing is blah blah blah. It may make me seem spiteful, not caring about him the way you do, but it's not my job to do that.

Friends support friends no matter what and I'm a large proponent of that. I love my friends dearly and I love many of their boyfriends dearly as well, whether I've met them or not. I'm talking about those girls you either overhear in the library on campus or at the local Dunkin' while waiting in line. Some of them you are friends or acquainted with, and they NEVER stop talking about how amazing their boyfriend is. Newsflash: the people with and around you in line really don't care.

As a very single pringle, I am envious of those who've found a great guy for them. What am I doing wrong to constantly be slighted by those I'm interested in? Getting ghosted or being told "they don't want a relationship" is the new norm, and I just expect it out of every guy I start talking to. If I give them the benefit of the doubt, they always hurt me in the end. When all I hear is the amazing things your boyfriend does I can't help but not want to hear about it all the time. Think about being in my shoes, do you think you'd want to hear about my boyfriend 24/7 if you were single and trying to figure yourself out?

I'm just asking for you to be more aware of just how much you talk about him. I'm happy to hang out with you girl on girl, but if he is the only topic of conversation, I can't call it girl time. Yes, my headline is a bit aggressive, but as I come to learn about myself better, I've realized if I don't want to be around this person, why bother?

I'm happy you have a loving boyfriend and I'm so happy you are happy. However, pick up some new conversation topics or we might not be talking as much anymore.

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Yes, I Know I'm The Girl With The Big Booty

Yes, I know it's there and no, you don't need to remind me.
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I'm the girl with the big booty. Yes, I know this and no, you don't need to tell me.

The thing is, I am so tired of hearing about how big my butt is. Even though everyone who says anything means it as a compliment, it's actually driving me crazy. Honestly, thank you for wanting to compliment me, but compliment some other part of my body like my face or my smile. Complimenting my a** is all I've ever heard, it's unoriginal, and it's getting old.

If you tell me I have a big booty because you think I don't know, you're wrong. In case you didn't realize it, this booty is attached to my body. It is with me everywhere I go and I wake up with it every morning. I go shopping and have to find clothes that will fit it right or that I can squeeze into. I know it's there. I'm living with it. You don't have to tell me what you think about it.

If you would like to understand my frustration, here is a compiled list of the things I have heard people tell me or say about my butt and my body, most of them more than once, in the past few weeks:

1. "My boys had me come over here and I just had to say something because you are so thick."

2. "Damn girl, that a** though. What you doin' later?"

3. "Mmm, good morning to you!" -- said while staring at my bottom half.

4. "Hey booty, come here!"

5. "Oh my god."

6. "She thick bruh."

7. "Look at her."

8. "I ain't ever seen that on a white girl."

9. "Hey big booty Judy."

10. "Gotta donk."

11. "Wanna twerk that a** on me?"

12. "Holy sh*t."

13. "Woah, turn around there. Come back baby."

14. "Bro, bro, look."

15. "Daaaamn" and also "Daaaamn girl" and also "Daaaamn girl, that a**."

16. "This is Taylor. Look how big her butt is!" (Please do not introduce me to people like this!)

17. "You got a pretty face but that a** is so thick."

18. "You're not allowed to like white guys with an a** like that." Excuse me?

19. "Can I take your picture? I love taking pictures of thick girls and you look perfect." Uh, no. *Takes picture of me anyway*

20. *Grabs it* with a "Damn girl!"

I could go on, because I have plenty more typed into the notes section of my phone that I added to every time I heard something, but I think 20 is enough to get my point across. And really, my point is for you all to just stop.

I'm already insecure about my body. I already have anxiety about getting this kind of attention that I do not want when I go somewhere. I don't ever wear shorts because of this. In fact, I don't even wear the type of clothing to draw this kind of attention. I wear clothing that is just comfortable and really shouldn't generate this attention. I don't get to live my life to the fullest in fear of getting this attention from people.

And people will tell me not to be insecure because I have a "perfect body" but a "perfect body" in your eyes is one that needs to be changed in mine. Everyone has insecurities, even the most beautiful people in the world. So before you go wishing you had my body type or someone else's, think about that.

I'm tired of my body being sexualized over the size of my booty or how thick my thighs and hips are. No matter the size, it's still just a body and I'm still human. I want to be treated and looked at like a woman, not as an object that you can look at or have fun with and throw away when you're done. The way I'm treated and talked to over my body is not okay. These comments are degrading as a human and make me feel like less of a person.

Additionally, I would like to shine a light on the fact that this is sexual assault. Making these comments and even going as far as touching it, especially without my permission, is without a doubt the definition of sexual assault.

Next time you see me and feel the urge to say something about the size of my a**, say something about the size of my heart instead. Or about my outfit, my hair, my face, my smile...all of those things in which I put time and effort into. I'm tired of being seen as the thick girl or the girl with the big butt. I am so much more than that and I would like to be recognized for something else.

Cover Image Credit: Joe Jasgar: Vintage Everyday

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