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There's Another 'Holiday' Today, And It's Not Pi Day

Happy Steak and Blowjob Day.
ILLUSTRATOR WARREN ESPEJO

There’s a bunch of unofficial and silly holidays people celebrate in different parts of the world almost every day of the year. There’s a National Spaghetti Day, a Super Mario Day, a National Zipper Day, a World Party Day, and of course, there’s Star Wars Day. You get the idea. 

While a lot of these holidays are strange and/or funny, they’re all pretty harmless. But then we get one like what we’re “celebrating” today that kind of needs a second look, not to mention a NSFW tag.

Steak and Blowjob Day is apparently a real thing and it’s observed every year on March 14. Yup, exactly one month after Valentine’s Day and the same day as the other, more mainstream holiday called National Pi Day. Unlike other holidays that are a bit more vague (wtf do we celebrate on National Panic Day?!), S+BJ Day is pretty self-explanatory: it’s a day where men are expected to be served a fine steak dinner followed by, well, fellatio.

There are a few websites claiming to be the official home for the observance on the internet (we’ll let you google those yourself), but none actually claim to have started it. What we do know is that S+BJ Day was almost certainly invented by a guy named Tom Birdsey, a radio DJ back from Boston, Massachusetts in 2002. That would make this year’s, um, festivities its 20th anniversary. 

Then again, there are those who say that the idea actually came from another American radio host (what is it with questionable holidays and radio DJs?)—Dave Rickards from San Diego, California, who supposedly first proposed Steak and Knobber Day a full four years earlier in 1998. 

Whoever first dreamed up of this cultural observance, the parameters remain the same: men (supposedly) deserve a day to enjoy two of life’s greatest pleasures, and what could be better than having them both on the same day?

But of course, it’s not exactly that simple, not if women have anything to say about it. The day itself might have been invented as a joke, but in today’s world where everything is fair game, and every cultural touchpoint is scrutinized endlessly and weighed against prevailing social norms, S+BJ Day has become yet another issue for feminists to rally against the patriarchy. For the holiday’s detractors, the very idea that there is a day devoted to women to once again display their subservience to men is insulting. (That’s if you’re operating under the assumption that oral sex is a chore that the giver must get through rather than something that both parties find pleasure in). 

Of course, we might be overthinking it. For a lot of people, S+BJ Day is just another day cooked up by bored bros out for a few laughs; a distraction from the humdrum sameness of everyday life. Then again, there are probably much more people out there unaware that there was even such a thing, until articles like this one called their attention to it. If you’re offended, then we owe you an apology.

But if you’re grateful for the extra knowledge and the #TIL (today I learned) moment, and fully intend to celebrate, well then, you’re welcome.

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