Opinion Brief

CheaterVille.com: Where jilted spouses seek revenge

A website says it's promoting fidelity by letting wronged husband and wives expose and embarrass cheaters. Just desserts, or just wrong?

Adulterous spouses, beware. A new website called CheaterVille — launched last Valentine's Day — offers the jilted a place to vent about their cheating exes. People have posted detailed accounts of their partner's transgressions, complete with photos. Some do so anonymously, others attach names. The website gives alleged cheaters the chance to log in and tell their versions of the stories, and the company says that in the end, it's out to promote fidelity. But does CheaterVille step over the lines of good taste and fair play?

This is just plain wrong: With Facebook and Ashley Madison and the internet in general, says Nicole Fabian-Weber at The Stir, it's rare to find anything truly shocking anymore. But this "virtual dumping ground for dirty details" reaches a new low. People are posting really private and damning personal stuff here, complete with photos, names, and all kinds of identifying information. Such vicious attacks "should be illegal."
"New website outs cheaters in full, disgusting detail"

Divorce lawyers seem to like it: The reality is that extramarital affairs are the leading cause of divorce, says John Bolch at Family Lore. If you're cheating and someone finds out and decides to "spill the beans," you deserve what you get. "Those with strong morals may disapprove of a site like CheaterVille, but as a divorce lawyer I have to say that I'm all for it."
"Cheats charted"

This could really backfire: No matter how sweet the taste of revenge, says attorney Adam B. Cordover at his firm's blog, "a scathing post on CheaterVille" could come back to haunt you. If you're hoping to win custody of your kids in a divorce, you need to convince the judge that you'll help facilitate a close relationship between your children and the other parent. Trashing your ex online could make it look like your kids' best interests are not your first priority.
"Video: CheaterVille"

Recommended

Did Dry January accomplish anything?
Drinking glasses.
Picture of Harold MaassHarold Maass

Did Dry January accomplish anything?

6 amazing homes with domes
House
Feature

6 amazing homes with domes

The Check-In: 48 hours in San Diego, a long-awaited river cruise, and more
A surfer at Windansea Beach in La Jolla.
Feature

The Check-In: 48 hours in San Diego, a long-awaited river cruise, and more

The Week contest: AI pizza
Paris's first robotic pizzeria.
Feature

The Week contest: AI pizza

Most Popular

The Hogwarts Legacy boycott controversy, explained
Hogwarts Legacy logo photo
Briefing

The Hogwarts Legacy boycott controversy, explained

5 toons about egg prices
Editorial Cartoon
Feature

5 toons about egg prices

The Adani Group scandal, explained
Gautam Adani.
Briefing

The Adani Group scandal, explained