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Boys Want Flowers Too

“It made me feel real good, it’s equivalent to 3,000 fireworks,” junior Cal Tucker said. “It’s not just a female thing, let’s normalize it!”
O’Brien posing with flowers. (Oscar Carlson)

In a universe adorned with red roses, teddy bears, and heart-shaped chocolates, there’s an age-old tradition that often leaves one gender on the receiving end of affectionate gifts and gestures. As Valentine’s Day approaches, the question lingers in the air like the fresh scent of a bouquet: should boys receive flowers too?We have long associated floral arrangements with femininity, it’s time to challenge the status quo and flip the world upside down. Join me on this journey through petals and thorns as I dive into the debate on whether boys should be the recipients of nature’s most delicate and exquisite expressions of love this Valentine’s Day.

“It made me feel real good, it’s equivalent to 3,000 fireworks,” junior Cal Tucker said. “It’s not just a female thing, let’s normalize it!”

Out of his 16 years of living, Tucker has only been given flowers once for Valentine’s Day. That feeling for Tucker was greater than most feelings he has felt before.

As I observe today’s society, it is very rare for men in relationships to be gifted flowers. But why is this? Why are we falling into societal norms? When it makes these boys feel so happy inside, why doesn’t it happen more?

“I’ve never been gifted flowers. I think that would make me feel amazing, an experience I would hold close to my heart,” junior Jonah O’Brien said.

The overall vibes coming from men in relationships are that they want to receive flowers. They want to make their relationships more 50/50, while being a gentleman at the same time.

But does this butterfly feeling resonate with people who are not in relationships? For this question, I have turned to senior Justin Alexander.

“That would be ok. Getting flowers would be a good gift from my parents or something,” Alexander said. He is a single man for all the ladies wondering and would like some flowers as well.

I am not saying boys should be the only one’s in the relationship receiving flowers. I’m just saying, for Valentine’s Day, it would be meaningful for both people in the relationship to show their appreciation for each other.

“No, I haven’t given boys flowers, but I would,” senior Amelie Rebstock said. “I would get them some pink tulips for their feminine side. I think both should get flowers so both of them can show appreciation.” She is in a relationship and believes that we should switch up the societal gender norms, so both parties of a relationship get flowers.

So I ask you this now, if you are in a relationship or have a male crush for Valentine’s Day, will you be getting them flowers?

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Oscar Carlson
Oscar Carlson, Reporter
Oscar Carlson is a writer for the Arcata High Pepperbox. He uses his experience of playing multiple high school sports to specialize in sporting events and topics of interest within the high school sports scene. Though Oscar is a senior, this is his first year on staff, where he is part of a team of high school reporters working to create The Pepperbox. Oscar will be graduating with the class of 2024 this spring with the goal of studying business or forestry at a 4-year university.
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