A recent Newsweek cover story about the rising incidence of female infidelity perfectly embodies the pop culture's anti-family agenda.
The article begins with a married woman confiding to her circle of friends that she is having an affair. In between huffing gin vapors, she spills the details about "heavy petting" and "the kiss that would just launch a thousand kisses." The tone is consciously tantalizing, designed to make female readers lean forward conspiratorially, and male readers fantasize about swooping in and poaching the unfulfilled wife.
A couple of the ensuing paragraphs are dedicated to cultural changes fueling the trend, such as less severe divorce laws, decreasing social stigma for women caught in secret trysts, the glorification of sexually predatory behavior by women in the pop culture and the role of online communications, text messaging and cell phones in aiding secret dalliances. A few more words are dedicated to how economic equality is empowering women to follow their passions rather than merely clasping onto a male to avoid welfare (to borrow from Gloria Steinem).
What's striking about the article is not that the rate of cheating by women is approaching that of men but that our so-called hard-news outlets are depicting the trend with so little depth or introspection.
The Newsweek article, for example, provides almost no counterbalance regarding personal or moral responsibility. Mostly, the article is just a second-hand retelling of stories about voluptuously contoured, middle-aged married women getting mounted in dimly lit locales. The article suggests issues about our bodily needs. But mostly it just invites the reader to peek over the windowsill and enjoy the vicarious gratification of other people's sexual stealth and subterfuge.
At one point, the article shares "Jodie's" story. A 40-year-old marketing executive, Jodie recalls how she gradually began seeing a co-worker on the side. "We just had so much fun together, and we laughed together and it grew and grew until ... he kissed me. And I loved it." Anecdote ends.
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