Adulterous website not welcome – Regional | The Star Online

I read this article in today’s newspaper in awe. What is our world coming to or have I been utterly oblivious to the changes happening around me?

Canadian-based online dating website Ashley Madison boasts almost 22 million members. Sounds impressive I almost should recommend my single friends check it out. However, this may prove to be an unsuitable venue for them because with its slogan “Life is short. Have an affair”, their target conspirators are married individuals seeking to have side dishes! From their following, apparently their service is well-received.

Possibly I’m a bit antiquated but I find this really baffling. What happened to the sanctity of marriage? A union where two individuals pledge their lifelong love, care, and devotion to each other, exclusively. Adultery is naturally ageless and I’m not supposing Ashley Madison’s to blame. But for a dating site to promote infidelity is outrageous. Or do I need a different perspective on this?

Perhaps I’m living in a fairytale land of  happily-ever-afters you say? So let’s be brutally honest now. If you’re planning on having affairs, why get married in the first place? Stay single and date all you want. Alternatively, you’re stuck in an unhappy marriage and need an outlet, so why not get a divorce? Clean the slate. Yes, it’s going to be painful on everyone especially the kids but is staying on in a sham of a marriage, then having extra-marital affairs, any less tormenting? It’s actually worse.

Here’s what the home page of the website looks like. That’s as far as I got. I just had to check it out for real but I’m never signing up.


Ashley Madison – the dating site where infidelity is lauded.

Adulterous website not welcome – Regional | The Star Online.

Published: Saturday October 26, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM 
Updated: Saturday October 26, 2013 MYT 9:07:26 AM

Adulterous website not welcome

ASHLEY Madison, a dating website targeting married spouses, is not welcome in Singapore, said Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing.

Chan was responding to media reports that the dating website, which facilitates extramarital affairs between married individuals, is planning for a launch here next year.

“I do not welcome such a website into Singapore. Promoting infidelity undermines trust and commitment between a husband and wife, which are core to marriage,” Chan said in a Facebook post on Friday.

The Canada-based website, which goes by the slogan “Life is short. Have an affair”, has over 21 million users worldwide. It has already expanded to other Asian countries and territories such as Japan, and, more recently, Hong Kong in August.

A Facebook page called “Block Ashley Madison – Singapore” has been set up by a Singaporean, after news broke that the website is planning to launch here.

“I’m heartened by the responses of many Singaporeans who also spoke up against such a website.

“This reflects the significance we all place in commitment and fidelity in marriage,” said Chan. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network


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