I do not condone infidelity in any way shape or form, but there are some things about side chicks that should be considered the next time we blast or glorify them. Let's have an educational moment; a side chick is a woman who is "the other woman" in a relationship. Here are a few names: Monica Lewinski, Olivia Pope, or "Barbara"-for those who need to go a little further back in references ("Woman to Woman").
Society has really distorted common principles. Presently, it's acceptable and a form of bragging rights to be a "savage"or cold-hearted. Love has been used as a means to manipulate, control, abuse, and other things so much that people claim to no longer want it. Marriages are no longer sacred. Monogamous relationships are no longer respected. A man is respected for having more than one significant other. Nowadays, women boast about "stealing" someone else's man or having their resources provided from another household.
There are two extremes to every point of view so let's take a moment and look at the other extreme. Side chicks are typically frowned upon for being classless, home wreckers, or worse. I believe we were created to love. We all want love whether we are willing to admit it or not. This includes the side chick. I do not have stats or surveys but somewhere down the line, the disdain for love has evolved from hurt or having an incorrect understanding of it. Some women want it because they fear serious monogamous relationships of their own, some reek of misery and want to spread it to others, some have low self-esteem and look for validation in being pursued by a man.
I'm not saying that side relationships should be accepted or encouraged. I'm saying that we should consider that everyone needs love. We as women should build each other up: point out beautiful attributes about each other, encourage each other, and share words of wisdom. We should respect ourselves and each other. Men (who also seem to seek a form of validation) should consider the emotions of both women involved and think of how their decisions impact others.
Case and point: there's nothing cute about having or being O.P.P.
There's a passage in Matthew 22 in which a lawyer tries Jesus (in a bad way) and asks which of the 10 commandments is greater. Jesus tells him two commandments: to love God with our entire beings and to love others as we love ourselves. When we love God with our entire beings and love others as we love ourselves, we won't violate any of the 10 commandments or do anything that would hurt ourselves or anyone else. It's simple: The side chick should love herself because she deserves it. Once she masters it, she can love others. We as onlookers should love the side chick because she needs it.