Valentine’s Day is often derided as a Hallmark holiday, but as winter drags on, it offers a moment of warmth in otherwise chilly February. At The Walrus, we’ve shared essays and features on different aspects of love, dating, romance, and sex, covering everything from Bridgerton to battlefield love letters.
Here are some of those conversations.
BY STEPHEN TRUMPER
To prepare for a future of losing her, bit by bit, I began reciting a love letter
BY HARLEY RUSTAD
How words kept my grandparents connected during the Second World War
BY HADIYA RODERIQUE
What I learned about racism from my online quest for love
BY NATALIE ZINA WALSCHOTS
Celebrating a polyamorous Valentine’s Day
BY ZEAHAA REHMAN
When historical romance novels focus solely on white leads, it sends a message about whom the industry thinks is deserving of love
BY KELLI MARÍA KORDUCKI
Why are women still told that romantic relationships need to be preserved at all costs?
BY SARAH BARMAK
The medical community has never taken women’s sexual desire seriously. Now, Gen X women are hitting menopause and demanding better