The Americans view on love and marriage

Chris Zawacki

“Life is short. Have an affair.” Appearing next to an attractive set of lips with a vertical finger gently touching them creating a seductive shhh, this is the slogan for the Ashley Madison Agency, a dating website for individuals already involved in a relationship, but looking for something extra.

Millions of Americans became outraged when they were informed of the supposedly revolting actions being conducted within the Texas polygamy compound that was raided last month. Coercing 16 year old girls into marriage and pregnancies is certainly a disgusting, foul and horrid act, but as for the idea of multiple wives to one husband or vice versa, Americans would be hypocrites to criticize this idea and must re-evaluate some of their actions and priorities.

Take for instance a recent trend in reality shows such as “The Flavor of Love”, “Rock of Love”, “A shot at love” and so on.

Television ratings reflect American values, therefore, by watching these shows and moving them up the ratings list Americans are merely setting themselves up for more shows with a similar premise, and ultimately desensitizing people’s minds to the idea of actions like polygamy.

With all of these websites and television shows being displayed one can’t help but wonder what the American view on love and marriage truly is, also where these ideas are headed if people don’t act on them soon.

Marriage has arguably become a business, florists, caterers, restaurants, reception halls, airlines, hallmark, department stores, all get a fair share of money from a single wedding. Then with the help of Ashley Madison divorce lawyers business booms, for there is material gain to be won in divorce, and materialism is what seems to be the main driving factor among Americans. The solution lies with people prioritizing to cater more towards the intangibles and irreplacables in life such as family and friends.

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