Valentines Contest Winners Part One

We don’t know about you, but we have a love / hate relationship with Valentines day. Reliant on heteronormative and outdated gender assumptions, this Hallmark Holiday says nothing about the daily realities of what it’s really like to feel love ,show love or avoid love in todays world. And when we say love we mean love in all its wonderful and terrifying versions – Love for yourself, your friends and / or maybe a special person (or a few special people). And it is set up to make singles feel like sh%t for rolling solo.

So we held a contest asking people to design us some Valentines that reflected their sentiments on the L word. 



There were a lot of great entries, and it was VERY hard to choose just four to print. Today and tomorrow we are going to announce the 4 winners, and at the end of the week we will have the honourable mentions up for download.


Printed copies of the 4 winners are available for purchase, with all funds going to support our fight against Street Harassment. $2.oo each or  get  a pack of all  4 along with some pins and other goodies for $10.00.

We will let you know which stores will carry them by the end of the week or you can email [email protected] and we will deliver (within reason) in the GVRD! 

Without further ado, here are our first 2 winners!


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No <3  by Ashley Visvanathan

About her entry, Ashley says “I was thinking about the kinds of conversations I had when I worked as a server and to negate having to give men my number I would always say it was because I had a boyfriend, or I would use that as a backup if saying “No” wasn’t respected. Just because I am “taken” shouldn’t be the reason why the decline is accepted. No means no means no means no!”
You can find Ashley on Instagram [email protected]



Love Yourself by Kahla Lichti 

Kahla Lichti lives in Victoria BC, and is originally from Vancouver BC.  She has been working on her electrical apprenticeship and has recently started re-exploring her artistic side.  She was excited to enter the Hollaback! Valentines card contest as motivation for creating something feminist and fun. She also makes a weekly comic about being an apprentice.

 You can see more art on her etsy store  and blog
2 more winners to be announced tomorrow!

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