It’s like clockwork. I’m listening to the Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM and suddenly, usually during the News with Robin, Howard cuts in with some sort of commercial. This week, it’s been lots of Valentine’s Day ideas like pajamagram.com and Sherrie’s Berries (I highly recommend the berries, by the way.).
The commercial that most often makes my stomach queasy is for AshleyMadison.com. Never heard of it? It’s a dating site for married people. Seriously, you married people! You have love, companionship, a regular sex life (ok, now that depends on the couple…), and now you have to have a dating site too? Can’t us singles have something for ourselves?
But, in all seriousness, I’m both saddened and intrigued by AshleyMadison.com. It’s a site full of married men and women looking to have an affair. Simple as a that. I’m sort of a combination June Cleaver-meets-Courtney Love – which means that while I do enjoy some of those 1950s values, I also have a wild side. But, I have a hard time wrapping my brain around Ashley Madison. Look, I get it. Some people are unhappily married and they look elsewhere. But, I suspect there are also happily married people looking for a little “something, something” on the side. If you listen to the Savage Love podcast, then you know what I mean. Most of us do not fit into the “June & Ward Cleaver” mold. However, I’m not married so I don’t have the right to judge someone who visits Ashley Madison.
But, truth be told, I don’t want to end up with someone who goes to that site. So, men, be alert – if you have any desire for Ashley or Madison, then I suggest you bark up someone else’s tree.
(Even NPR is intrigued by Ashley Madison. Here’s an article from 2008).