Ball and Chain
We don’t like picking on fellow legitimate journalists—especially when they don’t work for the Times—but if you’ve walked past a newsstand in New York in the past few days, you might have seen this cover about the secret lives of married men. Or, more accurately, THE SECRET LIVES OF MARRIED MEN!!!
The article is already suffering the wrath of the internet in its online comments section, but we’d like to take a moment to consider the broader social ramifications of running such a cover story in these troubled times.
Regardless of how speculative, anecdote-heavy, and generally shoddy the article inside might be, the cover is practically guaranteed to induce any attached woman into questioning the fidelity of her boyfriend/husband. Which leads to insecurity, constrictive relationships and, in turn, more infidelity.
We believe some sort of protest is in order.
- — Russell Brandom