The Ashley Madison scandal/controversy revealed that the site’s purpose was to become a playground for married individuals to go out and find a new partner without the physical interaction. It was also revealed that the site’s roster of women were nothing more than bots programmed with automated responses – though there were some real-life women who subscribed to the site.
People justified their membership that it was not really cheating because nothing happened between them and the other party.
The only question here is that: is it considered cheating when nothing really happened between you and your new-found partner?
In an article titled “Is There Such a Thing as Ethical Cheating?” on New York Times, ethical cheating was defended by Brandon Wade, founder of OpenMinded.Com. His site caters to individuals looking to engage others in what he calls “ethical cheating” – ethical in a way that the individual informs his or her partner that he or she will be unfaithful or take on outside-the-marriage relationships.
“Monogamy in the traditional sense is not working for the majority of us,” said Mr. Wade, whose current wife is his third. “It has not worked out for me. There is a growing movement of people who are able to be honest with their mate that the traditional model isn’t working.”
You can check out the rest of the article here.
So can ethical cheating be justified?
Frankly speaking, cheating is still cheating, no matter what kind of fancy words you add. The fact is still there: you are being unfaithful to your spouse.
The only difference here is that you’ve managed to create this problem and shove it into your spouse’s face as if to ask for consent like “Hey, I’m going to cheat on you with this individual right here. I hope it’s no big deal.”
What do you think? Can you justify ethical cheating?