Like little stars.
The Independent Women’s Forum has launched a cleverly titled campaign to rescue romance from radical feminists. Take Back the Date, a project of the IWF’s campus outreach program, is an effort to “reclaim” Valentine’s Day (a holiday that interested my college classmates and me not at all) from V-Day anti-violence activists — that is, from “radical feminists on campus who use a day of love and romance to promote vulgar and promiscuous behavior through activities like The Vagina Monologues.” I’m taking this as good news: Apparently, feminists are finally as powerful as Hallmark.
TBTD encourages students instead to engage in good old-fashioned dating, providing a handy conversion chart to help young women calculate how much they should put out based on which entree they ordered. Kidding! Seriously: TBTD does exhort students (male and female) to ask each other out (buy flowers, hold doors, the works), write editorials about the “dangerous messages that V-Day promotes,” and plaster “V Monologues” marquees with downloadable “Free Cupid” posters. (“Wouldn’t you prefer to restore mutual respect and a dash of romance to your campus on Valentine’s Day?”)
I’m all for a good old-fashioned DATE date, no matter who pays; the campus “hook-up culture,” such as it is, furrows my brow as well. (And yes, I too have “Vagina” fatigue.) But what I’m also tired of — besides the IWF’s quaint “radical feminist”-phobia — is this: the stale implication that feminism is incompatible with healthy, hearts-and-stars romance, and that chivalry — or, in the 21st century, what we might call courtesy — is incompatible with equality. “The Vagina Monologues,” for one thing, might not be the best choice for a date, but it’s hardly a threat to the very future of eros. And speaking of romance, here’s one TBDT-approved anti-violence activism suggestion: “Teach female students how to safely operate a firearm — by far the best method of self-defense. Invite V-Day members to participate. If they decline, point out their hypocrisy.” Isn’t that sweet?
Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.