Previously published in Examiner
Part 1 of a new series on scandals
Scandals are juicy peaces of information that many people like to hear. Scandals can be said to be a crossover of both psychology and physical health.
Montrealers are not secluded from American scandals, we see them on TV and in the papers all the time. We listen to the gossip column and talk about which celebrity is going into or coming out of rehabs, which celebrities are sleeping with some other celebrity's spouse and so on. If we don't get enough of a rush from what we hear in the media, many of us turn to the soaps to get even more.
Scandals affect our physical health
This fascination with scandals and rumors of scandals, affects the way we think, suddenly sleeping outside the marriage is acceptable, suddenly having multiple partners is acceptable as well. When it goes to the point that we act-out the behavior we see run rampant in our culture, it becomes physically dangerous.
There is the treat of venereal disease and yes, unprotected sex can still translate to new episodes of AIDS in the USA and Canada. Last year Montreal CTV news reported that the largest population at risk for AIDS, is no longer young people, but middle aged men and woman just coming out of divorce, back in the singles game, and not using protection. It was not a requirement at the time they were dating 30 years before. So they choose to ignore the medical advice.