Steak and Blowjob Day

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Steak and Blowjob Day
Also calledSteak and Knobber Day
Steak & BJ Day
Observed byNorth America, Australia, Europe, New Zealand
TypeUnofficial
SignificanceInternet meme
ObservancesSteak, fellatio
DateMarch 14
Next time14 March 2020 (2020-03-14)
FrequencyAnnual
Related toValentine's Day

Steak and Blowjob Day (sometimes Steak & BJ Day or Steak and Knobber Day[1]) is a satirical holiday[2][3] created in the United States as a male response to Valentine's Day and celebrated a month later, on March 14.[4] On the day, women are purportedly supposed to cook a filet steak for, and perform fellatio on, a man in response to postcards, chocolate and flowers given by men on Valentine's Day.[5][6]

The observance has no official status, being a popular Internet meme rather than an actual holiday, but various souvenirs and video clips have been produced about it.[1][7] It was conceived in 2002 by DJ Tom Birdsey on WFNX radio.

It has been suggested that Steak and Blowjob Day is a backlash against the feminist movement; the holiday has been criticized as sexist and patriarchal, though it has also been positively received by some, and used as a platform to fundraise for breast cancer research.

History[edit]

Several websites[8] claim to be the official site of Steak and Blowjob Day, but none of them identify as the creator. The sites concur that the holiday was devised by radio DJ Tom Birdsey in 2002, during a show on WFNX radio station in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] One of the various websites competing to be the 'official' page of the day stated "March 14th henceforth became 'Steak and Blowjob Day.' Simple, effective and self explanatory. No cards, no flowers, no special nights on the town; the name explains it all: just a steak and a BJ. That's it."[9] The "official" websites provide guides on how best to cook steak, and how to best perform fellatio.[10]

The day of celebration is sometimes suggested to be March 20 instead of March 14, either because the former was proclaimed to be Steak and Knobber Day by another radio host Dave Rickards in 1998, or because the latter coincides with Pi Day,[1][11] which observes the mathematical constant π (pi).[12]

Suggestions have been made of a female equivalent of the day, such as "Chicken and Licking Day" on March 15.[13]

Cultural analysis[edit]

According to the women's historian Lois Banner, the day appeared to be part of the backlash against the feminist movement, moving toward a version of human interaction inherent to hookup culture, and that men "are really frightened because women are outperforming them".[5] Activist Feminista Jones argues that it limits women's freedom of choice, thus being in the mainstream of traditional patriarchal restriction of female sexual behaviours.[7] The sexual educator Walker Thornton wrote that the day, although silly, emphasized for her the issues she had with the modern worldview of Valentine's Day.[14] Men's Health was unsure whether the holiday was actually celebrated, or whether the whole thing was a joke.[15] Spanish soccer newspaper Diario AS considers the holiday to be "surreal".[16] Student newspaper The Brown Daily Herald discussed the gender and sexual political implications surrounding the meme, suggesting that fellatio is considered by many to be a job the giver must endure as opposed to a form of enjoyment, and in the framing of Steak and Blowjob Day as a "man’s holiday" aimed at obtaining payback for Valentine's Day, this is perpetuated.[17]

Reception[edit]

Lifestyle blog YourTango felt the idea of such a holiday was an enshrining of male privilege and was, like Valentine's Day, a "silly calendar filler".[18] The Huffington Post claimed (with deliberate irony) that the day "made them want to gag",[19] and FHM and the Daily Mirror noted that businesses were cashing in on the unofficial holiday.[20][2]

The concept of a men's movement[21] looking to create such a day has caused some controversy and incited opposition,[22] being described as antifeminist or patriarchal.[23] The men's magazine Maxim described it as the greatest holiday of all time,[24] whereas Cosmopolitan was unsure whether it was an outdated and sexist event or a bawdy celebration of sex and food.[25] One opinion piece on the day suggested it was Neanderthal in trying to force through the idea of a day devoted to the combination of fellatio and steak, and suggested a range of alternatives.[26]

The holiday has drawn attention from celebrities including Christina Aguilera, who encouraged her fans to celebrate it in 2014.[27][28]

In 2016, Instinct noted that the day is also now being used as a way to successfully raise money for breast cancer research.[29] In Germany, Bild noted the day is known as Schnitzel und Blowjob Tag,[30] or Schniblo for short,[6] and in France, female-targeted magazine MadmoiZelle [fr] noted it was a day targeted at men,[31] while Le Bonbon [fr] said it was a "most American holiday".[32] In Spain, daily newspaper El Mundo noted in Spain it would be called Día del Solomillo y el Sexo Oral and that the day joined food and sex, which it opined were two of the greatest pleasures in the world.[33]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Klee, Miles (March 14, 2015). "The short, stupid history of 'Steak and a BJ Day'". The Daily Dot. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Raven, David (March 14, 2015). "Steak and BJ Day 2015: 'Valentine's Day for men' is happening today across the world". Daily Mirror. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Sollee, Kristen (March 16, 2015). "These Satirical Tweets About "Steak And BJ Day" Are Comic Gold". Bustle. Archived from the original on January 16, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Shilcutt, Katherine (March 14, 2011). "Steak and a BJ Day: The Male Valentine's Day". Houston Press. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Jones, Anna (March 14, 2013). "It's Steak and BJ Day! Should We Be Offended By That?". LA Weekly.
  6. ^ a b Hell, Henriette (January 28, 2018). "Valentinstag – Männer, langsam müsst ihr euch den "Schnitzel & Blowjob"-Tag verdienen!" (in German). Stern. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Jones, Feminista (2014). "What's the Deal With "Steak and Blow Job Day"?". SheKnows Media.
  8. ^ Namely: officialsteakandblowjobday.com, steakandbj.org, steakandbjday.com.
  9. ^ Doss, Laine (March 14, 2017). "Steak and BJ Day Is Today: How to Celebrate". Miami New Times. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "March 14th is Steak and BJ Day!". Q103 Albany. March 14, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  11. ^ Saxena, Jaya (March 14, 2011). "Happy Steak And BJ Day! (Or Pi Day, Nerds)". Gothamist. Archived from the original on March 7, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  12. ^ Bellos, Alex (March 14, 2015). "Pi Day 2015: a sweet treat for maths fans". theguardian.com. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  13. ^ "Cake and Cunnilingus Day, la "dolcissima" festa del sesso orale per sole donne..." Il Fatto Quotidiano (in Italian). 14 April 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  14. ^ Thornton, Walker (March 13, 2015). "Men Get Their Own Day". Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  15. ^ Nuñez, Alanna (February 27, 2017). "Yes, Steak and Blowjob Day Is a Real "Holiday"". Men's Health. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  16. ^ García, Irene Sierra (March 14, 2017). "Día internacional del solomillo: confesiones de un vegano imaginario" (in Spanish). Diario AS. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  17. ^ "A Feminist Defense of Blowjobs". The Brown Daily Herald. April 23, 2014. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  18. ^ Jeret, Arianna (March 14, 2017). "Is A Steak And BJ Day A Symbol Of Male Privilege Or Feminist Opportunity?". Tango. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  19. ^ "Steak And BJ Day Makes Us Want To Gag". The Huffington Post. March 14, 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  20. ^ "How To Make The Most Of Your Steak And A BJ Day". FHM Online. March 14, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  21. ^ Robinson, Tasha (February 8, 2006). "Dan Savage". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  22. ^ De Souza, Serena (February 14, 2005). "It's Singles-Bashing Day Today". News24.com. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  23. ^ Horton, Randall. "Why I hate Steak and BJ Day". Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  24. ^ Yenisey, Zeynep (February 27, 2017). "There's an Actual Holiday Called Steak and Blowjob Day, and it's Almost Here". Maxim. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  25. ^ Rose, Rebecca (March 14, 2015). "14 Absolutely Horrible Jokes From Men About "Steak and Blow Job Day"". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  26. ^ "10 Alternatives To Steak & Blowjob Day". Sabotage Times. March 14, 2014. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  27. ^ "Christina Aguilera Encourages Fans To Celebrate Steak And BJ Day". The Huffington Post. March 21, 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  28. ^ Toomey, Alyssa (March 21, 2014). "Christina Aguilera Celebrates "Steak and BJ Day," Encourages Naughty Fans to Do the Same". E! Online. Archived from the original on January 16, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  29. ^ Dupuis, Adam (March 13, 2016). "March 14th is International Steak & Blowjob Day?". Instinct. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  30. ^ "10 völlig sinnlose Aktionstage ("10 completely senseless action days"" (in German). Bild. March 14, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  31. ^ Florent, Fab (March 14, 2011). "Un steak et une pipe, la réplique masculine à la St Val". MadmoiZelle (in French). Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  32. ^ Znaty, Simon Kinski (September 1, 2015). "'Steak & gâterie', la journée de l'homme!". LeBonBon (in French). Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  33. ^ Bermejo, Diego (March 14, 2017). "14 de marzo, Día del Solomillo y el Sexo Oral, y otras cuatro citas carnales para marcar en rojo en el calendario". El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved January 31, 2018.

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