The media has been full of protestations of anguish for the young victims of clerical sexual abusers lately. And rightly so. But think about this: a man whose online business has the sole purpose of facilitating adultery claims to have 5.5 million members. How many child victims of divorce does that involve?
Noel Biderman’s sexual entrepreneurship is almost too sickening to talk about, but the fact that his Ashley Madison “dating service for married or attached men and women” has been established in Canada and the United States and is now being launched, apparently without legal impediment, in Australia, tells us something about these societies that is very, very ugly. And maybe very, very hypocritical as well.
Biderman’s total disregard of the effect his trade might have on children, indeed, his complete cynicism on that score, is evident in the way he chose the name for his filthy outfit:
Biderman said 40,000 Australians so far had joined the agency, which he started in Canada in 2001, fusing the two most popular children’s names at the time to come up with AshleyMadison.com.
The best the Sydney Morning Herald could come up with by way of a critique in its report is comment by the head of a relationships counselling agency about Biderman’s theories being “very misguided” and affairs being an “extreme and risky reaction” to marriage problems. Plus the information that he has received hate mail in the US.
But he is allowed to go on with his destructive work and gets enough clients to make it profitable.
Isn’t it time we took a good look at ourselves and asked why?