The lesson of the Ashley Madison leaks

As I write this, the media frenzy surrounding the leak of a reported 32 million user accounts from the adultery website Ashley Madison has subsided into the background hum behind Donald Trump and the U.S. elections, the Pope’s visit to Cuba and the United States, and the apparently shocking news that Volkswagen diesel motors produce exhaust emissions.

For the last half of August, however, news of the leak gripped the news cycle like a convulsion of schadenfreude, as newsrooms, chat shows and legal offices everywhere nearly squealed in anticipation of an avalanche of famous names and sordid stories. And for a moment some of us had a thought that we’d likely dismissed as mere optimism years ago: Is it possible that adultery is still a shameful thing?

  • mauser 98

    Christina… they will never leave us alone

  • DD_Austin

    It isn’t just “adultery” it’s lying, oath breaking, and selfishness as well

    And it isn’t new

    “I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.”
    Jonathan Swift 30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I’m not a germophobe.
    I think when you get married and settle down, you trade a whole bunch of strains of bacteria with your spouse and you both end up with a stable set of bacteria in your systems.
    I think screwing around would tend to upset that balance and cause illness.
    That’s also not the main reason I stay faithful.
    Children of divorce have more incentive to make sure that doesn’t happen to their kids.