The Dark Origins Of Valentine's Day
Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men hit on women by, well, hitting them.
Those Wild and Crazy Romans
From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.
Beggars All: Reformation And Apologetics: The Dark Origins Of Valentine's Day
My only question: why would men do that and why would women allow it.