Yesterday, as my husband of two months and nine days and I waited in the check-out line at our local grocery store, the cover of the current issue of Time magazine caught my eye. It read, "Unfaithfully Yours: Infidelity is eroding our most sacred institution. How to make marriage matter again." The corresponding article, titled "Is There Hope for the American Marriage?" by Caitlin Flanagan, explores among other things the effect of high profile affairs made public—like those of SC governor Mark Sanford and Jon Gosselin (the alleged philandering father in Jon & Kate Plus 8)—on this revered rite.
Do you think the private lives of our politicians, let alone reality TV stars, should matter? Does hearing about the fallout of these affairs, whether it's reconciliation or divorce, make you more or less sure of the commitment you're about to make? I'm inclined to think our society would be better off—and the institution of marriage more stalwart—if we didn't give these personal dramas so much attention. What do you think: Is our collective obsession with failed marriages maybe making them more common? —Elaine Stuart, senior associate features/travel editor, Modern Bride