Well, here's a thing. I came across a bloke taking flowers home for his wife today as it's International Women's Day. Took me aback a bit. I did make some sort of joke, though it wasn't quite as neat as what I might have said. That would have been something along the lines of 'you're not going to bring down the Patriarchy with them mate'.
I've always associated IWD with equality and women's rights and feminism. When I were a lad the idea of buying a woman flowers was suspect to say the least - trying to buy women off with 'I know you don't have rights and equal pay and whatever but there you go love, here's some pretty flowers to occupy the space in your fluffy little head'. Something like that anyway. And it seems to me that flowers in this country have been the traditional attempted get out of jail free card of choice for the male chauvinist - so he does something dreadful but it's all fine again after he presents her with a bunch of flowers from the petrol station in 1970s sitcom style.
Have I missed something?