Completely off politics but every bit as contentious is the issue of sex, marriage, monogamy and affairs.
Motherboard's Johnathan Dehart's article " How Ashley Madison Pulled Back the Curtain on Japan’s 'Infidelity Economy" examines the thriving infidelity economy in a culture that strongly emphasizes marriage and raising children
Given the secretive nature of infidelity, exact figures about cheating
and extra-marital affairs are nearly impossible to establish but it is estimated that roughly 30 to 60% of all married individuals (in
the United States) will engage in infidelity at some point during their
According to a recent survey of 191 CDFA professionals from across North
America, the three leading causes of divorce are "basic
incompatibility" (43%), "infidelity" (28%), and "money issues" (22%).
Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha's book Sex at Breaking Dawn: the Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality, argue that the reason
humans are not good at monogamy is because we were never monogamous
creatures to begin with. Elle Magazine featured an article about the book and the impacts of the research on established norms in our society.
Emotional infidelity, compared to just physical infidelity, can inflict as much, if not more, hurt, pain and suffering.
Ashley Madison's CEO Noel Biderman says that " “We’re not
monogamous. We pretend to be. We pay lip service, but we’re not, and we
have proof that we’re not. So let’s stop pretending,”
The proof is in the form of
the profits that Biderman has realized from the special matchmaking
site that brought in $125 million in 2013! This site alone has 25
million members in 40 countries.