You know infidelity has gotten out of hand when someone comes up with an anti-cheating ring, right?
I first learned of it via my super hip and in-the-know friend Jade Walker. (I swear, she has her pulse on all kinds of stories before they hit big. Then again, she is trained to do that. She’s a top-notch editor after all.)
Anyway, shortly after she posted a link about the anti-cheating ring on my Facebook page, Piers Morgan talked about it on CNN.
TheCheeky.com sells the “strengthened Titanium” ring for $500. It has a “negative engraving” on the inside which, as another friend of mine put it, “brands” you with “I’m married” on your wedding finger.
But I noticed a glaring glitch with TheCheeky.com’s ad copy.
With Arnold, Tiger and two timing IMF guy in mind, we have created this wedding ring for people intent on cheating.
Why would anyone “intent on cheating” buy such a ring for themselves? And I can’t see too many women giving this ring. Or, rather their husbands willingly accepting it. (I guess a woman could wear this too, but it’s currently more of a man’s band.)
Put it this way, what kind of way is that to start off a marriage by giving your man an anti-cheating ring? What does that say about your faith in him and your marriage?
Although, 20/20 did a “cheaters” episode a couple of weeks back. I learned some interesting things about infidelity. The most surprising was that it affects over 50% of all marriages.
Over 50%? Yikes. That’s really high.
And has it gone up? The last time I heard a stat, which was several years ago, it was something like 35% of husbands would cheat, and maybe like 15-20% of wives. Based on those figures, I don’t know if they have anything to do with over 50% of all marriages being faced with infidelity, but it seems to me the problem is almost at epidemic proportions. (Especially after watching the 20/20 episode. That was very eye-opening. There are a lot of cheating spouses out there. Worse, there’s a lot who are ruthless about doing it and determined to get away with it.)
Would you ask your spouse to don such a ring? Would you wear such a ring if asked to? Do you think branding someone “I’m married” would really deter cheating? (I don’t. Rielle Hunter was well aware John Edwards had a wife. She completely ignored the fact and proceeded full speed ahead with the affair.)