Friday, September 11, 2015

Phallic Friday - affairs and the media

I was thinking this week about affairs and the role the media plays - not in the affair itself, but in the repercussions when the affair is revealed.

This week in Sydney, it's been an ex-footy player who is now in the media side of football. He's high profile, young (as in late 20s, early 30s), married with a child. The media coverage has been about him having an affair with a female co-star in a stage production he was involved in. And the story broke because her ex-fiance spilled the beans.

I know he's hurting because he's been jilted, or cheated on, but is going to the media the right response? And is it the media's responsibility to bring this to the public's attention?

I'm really glad that I grew up when social media wasn't a huge thing because so much of this personal stuff remained personal.

I worked in a male-dominated industry, and I have to say that I was exposed to a lot of this sort of behaviour. Sometimes a few of the women did have discussions about whether or not it was our place to bring some of this to another's attention...but we always ended the discussions by saying it wasn't our business. I was the youngest there, so I took my cues from the older women (and men) I worked with. They firmly believed that marital issues didn't belong in the workplace. They believed that we didn't 'owe' it to anyone to keep them informed. And that's what I went with...and still do.

Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I'd much prefer if someone's sexual affairs weren't broadcast as a part of my daily news. How do you feel?

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