Today: How Social Media Affects Families & Can Affairs Be Empowering?


Today: How To Solve NBC’s Problems

Okay, so it’s no secret that NBC is having some problems. Besides the network as a whole doing terribly in ratings, they’re also losing the battle of the morning shows. I have the perfect solution: On May 9, 2013, Natalie Morales sat down with four women to discuss the issues facing women today. These women were passionate and had great chemistry. They were fascinating to watch. Unfortunately, the segment was only a few minutes long and that was a real shame. NBC should give these ladies a whole hour to discuss issues like this. Not gossip, like The Talk on CBS, but actual hard-hitting issues that the everyday woman (and man, I might add) has to deal with. In the last two weeks of watching The Today Show, this was hands-down my favorite segment.

Today: How Social Media Affects Families & Can Affairs Be Empowering?

A panel of four women talked about topics like social media and affairs on the Today Show.


Natalie Morales talked to Rene Syler, host of Sweet Retreats, Rachel Campos Duffy, an author and pundit, Audrey McClelland, co-founder of, and Lisa Thornton, a pediatrician, on issues ranging from affairs to the problems with modern-day feminism. I mean, seriously, NBC. Do you really need local news at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.? Give these women a TV show instead.

Are Affairs Empowering To Women?

Are affairs empowering to women? A new survey says that one in three women say that their own infidelity improved their marital sex lives and more than half of them said it made them more willing to stay in their marriage. Rene Syler, who has made no secret of her desire to either leave her husband or have an affair last year, said affairs are always a hard thing to talk about. She had been married for 18 years and said it was really tense. But ultimately, she decided to stay in. “I understood that I couldn’t implode my entire family over that infidelity, which is really what it boiled down to for me. So we went to therapy. We worked through it,” Syler said.

Lisa Thornton said she thought having an affair to spice up a marriage is a great idea, as long as both the man and the woman have their own affairs. “If it’s good for the woman, then it should be good for the husband,” Thornton said.


Rachel Campos Duffy interjected and said, “That’s what I think it is wrong with modern feminism today. This idea that if we emulate men, that somehow it’s empowering, even if it’s something as ugly and destructive as an affair.” Rachel Campos Duffy added that she didn’t understand how some people think lapdancing is empowering, either. “Self-reliance is empowering,” she said.

How Social Media Affects Families

Rachel Campos Duffy said she resents family members who only want to communicate over Facebook or social media. That’s a growing trend in America, according to a survey that said nearly one fourth of women said that if their family and friends aren’t involved in social media, they’re less likely to be involved in their lives.

Audrey McClelland, whose entire career is on social media, said that she loved social media. She said when she was pregnant, she announced it on her blog and her social media. But two months later, people came up to her and said, “Oh, I didn’t know you were pregnant.” She said she couldn’t understand it.

The conversation between these ladies was lively and poignant and when Natalie Morales said they were out of time, I think everyone, the women included, was disappointed.


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