Feministing did a round-up of Romantic Industrial Complex (RIC) infographics for spending on Valentine’s Day.
In a very meta way, the Romantic-Industrial Complex is putting a lot of time, money and energy into cutesey infographics demonstrating how much time, money and energy we put into cutesy commercial and materialistic expressions of Valentine’s Day. I should do an infographic on it, but I don’t have the time, money or energy to do so. So, I’ll just show you them.
Here are some of my favorites:
I actually genuinely like this first one because it gives you a little history of different love practices (not making love practices) in different parts of the world. At least this one isn’t trying to sell me something – or sell the men-folk something.
Now – what DO men buy? And which men buy it? I think what this really says is, which countries spend the most on advertising and focus on RIC guilt?
What!? 86% of men buy noncommittal pieces?? The HORROR! At least they’re buying jewelry – and as you know, the goal of giving jewelry is always jewelry face.
This next gem shows you how you can best ‘cash-in on the day of love’. You definitely need to target the men-folk because they’ll spend the most $$.
This year V-day was a great excuse to drink champagne and bake a cake on a Tuesday! So here’s my infographic:
*Champagne with a splash of Chambord + Vanilla Bean Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce and Mango Sorbet*