AshleyMadison.com isn't your typical online dating service. It is centered on the theme of adultery. However, it's easy to see that this is purely a marketing strategy designed to shock people and gain their attention. After all, users aren't forced to cheat on their spouses.

All of the site's 4,875,000 members (at the time of this publication) are listed as anonymous, its racy ads feature couples embarking on a wild adventure with a significant other, oh, and their tagline is "life is short, have an affair."

Some, like Mike Galanos of CNN Prime News, would argue that AshleyMadison is an evil site that's exploiting adultery and ruins families to better their bottom line. I think its absolutely ridiculous to make such a claim; this goes to show who is weak enough to fall under control of a business.


It's a personal decision, and to me, AshleyMadison is running a brilliant campaign that merely creates the atmosphere of something risqué. Come on, who doesn't want to spice up their sex life? People have all kinds of fetishes, and in this case some like to engage in adultery. It's difficult to know who is actually married, but I'm sure there are some who are just faking it to engage in this experience.

The more AshleyMadison is trashed talked, the more it'll thrive, because that risqué factor becomes so alluring to many, they can't wait to register to experience -- at their own risk.

So, Mike Galanos can complain all he wants and flash around his marriage ring, but at the end of the day, what makes him such an advocate for responsible marriage?

He argues that AshleyMadison should not be allowed to run commercials during the Super Bowl, wags a finger at the site's spokesperson and declares the ads are displaying the wrong message to children. Has this man heard of free speech?

Bottom line -- your marriage is what you make of it and AshleyMadison should not be held responsible. Just look at Tiger Woods, he made a dumb mistake, and the media blames him, and not the countless number of women who may have "influenced" the adultery.

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Amber Victoria

I can see the point of view on both sides of the fence on this issue, but I do lean more towards the opinions and statements of Mike Galanos. Yes, Biderman does make both valid and logical points, however he also does not seem to understand human psychology (or pretends not to) in order to wash his hands of the pain and misery that his site ultimately causes people. Yes Noel, you are right. You are not the one forcing anyone to cheat on their spouse. However, by providing a vessel to do so, and glamorizing that vessel and disguising it with light terms such as "life is short, have an affair", you are advertising that having an affair is no more detrimental then buying an ice cream cone. You ARE responsible to a certain degree and by denying that fact you are foolish at best. This site encourages people who may be having hardships in their marriages that rather then work on that problem, take the selfish route and find it elsewhere. It is "discreet" and "harmless" right? And it IS detrimental to children who view filthy ads like this. What are we teaching them when they enter into adulthood? Ya we have free speech and yadda yadda, however this not a matter of free speech, it is a matter of shoving sexually harmful images and propaganda down our throats for profit. At the end of the day, this site has over 16 million active profiles. So he is a smart business man. But how many of those affairs could have been avoided (temptation) had this site not existed? How many families saved, marriages saved, etc? Obviously there is no certain answer to that, but it is fair to say at least a few. This makes me sad honestly. 16 million active profiles tells me that there is a meeting ground for 16 million life failures who couldn't spend that membership fee on a nice dinner or gift for their spouse instead of some trashy 1 night stand that is life changing and devastating to their partner that they made a sworn committment to at one point in time. And in response to the question "how do you sleep at night?" it is fairly easy: he simply could care less. He loves, lusts, and lives for money. And people are happily catering to his desires. No, he is not 100% guilty, however it is a bold move of him to think he can walk away without some of those shattered lives on his hands. Shame on this guy. Oh, and to his customers? I hope that once you are caught (and you will be, everything always comes out in the wash) that your spouse nails you to the wall in the divorce, and that Karma beats the straight **** out of you at the end of the day. And if you are the "mistress"....eat **** and die. Seriously I cannot even decipher which role is worse.

November 19 2012 at 12:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply