Tuesday, June 17, 2014


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 marriage.

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.

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