2012 was a year of abundances – iPhone 5 sales, “Call Me Maybe” downloads, and surprisingly, infidelity cases. From political figures like Arnold Schwarzenegger and David Patraeus to our faves like Jude Law and K. Stew, it seems as if cheating has become the new trend, alongside Fifty Shades of Grey and Honey Boo Boo.
It’s become nothing out of the ordinary to hear of another one of our favorite couples going downhill because of some spicy polyamorous scandal (Heidi and Seal, my heart goes out to you). The act of cheating is so frequented among the famed that it begs the argument as to what really is causing the rise in divorce numbers. It could just be the regressive contemporary way of living, but the press showcasing famous figures committing a sin and not paying the moral price may be the culprit.
It’s as if the press is tolerating, almost condoning infidelity, much in the same way they dehumanize murder and shootings. Because infidelity seems so common, it no longer holds its piercing sting, or top spot as unspoken taboo.
Were the morals and principles of traditional marriage not commitment, loyalty, “‘til death do us part?”
Don’t try blaming the ruins of marriage on the same-sex couples either. Gay and lesbian couples are examples of the moral monogamous traditions that stronghold marriages together, yet they are still fighting a majority to be viewed as equal. The general public’s most idolized figures, accepted by the same majority, from all sub areas of fame are doing the dirty deed with the nanny, the assistant, and the hot cheerleader.
Same-sex marriage won’t be the thing to get the best of traditional marriage. In fact, we won’t have to worry about same-sex marriage ruining tradition since cuckolds and mistresses are ruining it before same-sex marriages will ever get the chance.
Katie Chen is a freshman studying Business Administration.