I mean, no?
The correct answer is no, right?
At least I thought it was. It seems like the part in the movies where the guy is having an affair and she threatens to tell his wife is the point where she winds up getting killed. She winds up getting killed and no one feels that bad because she was threatening the home.
You know in the original version of Fatal Attraction (spoilers!) the Glenn Close character ends up killing herself because she is clearly very unstable? Which is a completely reasonable end to that movie given, again, that her character was clearly very unstable. But audiences hated it because they wanted Michael Douglas’s wife’s character to get to take revenge. Not because she slept with Michael Douglas, because she tried to destroy his family life, and that stuff is sacred.
In other news, the world is a place with a lot of double standards for men and women!
But, I guess I’ve always been under the impression that the worst thing you could do as a human being would be to have an affair with someone and then tell their spouse. Unless you are just on a deliberate mission to ruin that person’s life. And no matter how angry you are, you’re no life-ruiner, right?
However! There’s an interesting article on YourTango where a woman makes a out with a man at a party who turns out to be married. The author remarks:
I found [his wife] on Facebook. I looked at her photo and every cell in my body screamed, “You were her. You were her and no one told you for YEARS of your husband’s goings-on. Why would you, of all people, deprive her of that knowledge?”
So I wrote her. And I told her. More than that, we spoke on the phone. And when I got off the phone with her I cried. I cried cause I knew how hard it was for her to listen to what I said. I could feel my hands shaking and blood racing as if in unison with hers. I could feel her world crashing in. I could feel the piercing stab of betrayal through her heart.
But when my tears subsided and my blood calmed, I could only think of her final words to me: “Thank you. Thank you for having the courage to tell me.”
Which perhaps makes you re-evaluate the situation. MAYBE. What do you think?