Now, on another note, over the years I have become overly-sensitive to infidelity in the media. The Notebook? I hate it. I hate that she left her perfectly amazing fiance to sleep with a boy she "loved" one summer when she was seventeen. Whenever the media makes light of infidelity I feel like someone has personally stabbed me in the heart. It breaks me.
As I have watched Kathleen and Joe fall in love over the years I have tried to deny the truth that has been staring me in the face: their story is that of infidelity. Both characters are in serious committed relationships. Both are unhappy. Both are having emotional affairs with strangers they met online.
And so I try to justify. It's fine, it's Meg. She's adorable. She's perfect. Theirs is a true love. You see? You see what the media did there? It got me to believe that it's OK to emotionally cheat on your significant other as long as you are really in love.
So what do I do? Do I stop watching my favorite movie? Do I stop watching anything that references anything I don't agree with? I guess I would have to say no, I don't think that's the answer. I think it's definitely important to filter your media, obviously, but I also think it's important to just be aware of what you're watching. Understand what the media is telling you is ok, and decide for yourself if you agree with it or not.