Valentine's Day Validation - Pacific Standard
Is there another holiday as perennially divisive as Valentine's Day? We've compiled stories on love and lust that will fit whatever mood you happen to be in this year.

Happy Valentine's Day/Singles Awareness Day/Anna Howard Shaw Day! However you'd like to refer to this pink-and-red, chocolatey, or sorrow-filled holiday, we have a story to validate every feel you've ever felt about it.

IF YOU'RE PERFECTING YOUR SEDUCTION TECHNIQUES

The Unsuccessful Search for a Functional Aphrodisiac: From sacrificial sex-robot mice to Pippa Middleton, the quest for a magical love potion has taken some weird turns.

IF YOU FEEL LET DOWN BY FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

The Truth About BDSM: America May Be a Lot Kinkier Than You Think: Despite its prevalence—36 percent of U.S. adults have practiced it in some form—BDSM remains stigmatized in U.S. culture.

IF YOU WANT TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT LOVE

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward: We met at 18. We wed at 24. At 27, I checked my wife into a psych ward—for the first time. How mental illness reshapes a marriage.

IF YOU'RE JUST LOOKING FOR SOME SCHADENFREUDE

Who's Happier on Valentine's Day? The Single or the Hitched?: How we feel about romance has everything to do with the relationship we’re currently in (or not in).If you're searching for a V-Day snuggle buddy:

IF YOU'D RATHER CONCENTRATE ON THE ECONOMICS

Has Technology Killed the Jewelry Industry?: Jewelry sales continue to plummet. Are iPhones and Kindles to blame?

AND, FOR THE HOPELESS ROMANTICS OUT THERE

Love Can Make You Stronger: A new study links oxytocin, the hormone most commonly associated with social bonding, and the one that your body produces during an orgasm, with muscle regeneration.

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