Turkey’s Infidelity Dot Com
There’s a new Turkish website in town which, among other things, exhibits the confessions of (and provides personal advice and counsel to) unfaithful Turkish lovers.
The Aldatanlar Kulubu (Club of Unfaithful Lovers) got started just a few months ago with its tongue firmly planted in its cheek — and, up to a point, that’s the way it continues to portray itself.
For example, the ‘Cheaters Club’ website emblem is modelled after the famous Che Guevera revolutionary poster… except that in Che’s place there’s of a picture of 33-year-old TV actress Pinar Altug (who was Miss Turkey 1994).
Ms. Altug you may remember has cheated on, and lied about (and been caught lying about) an unbroken succession of lovers that she has cuckolded — starting with her husband Umut Elçioglu in 2002-3 (when she committed adultery while he was off in the boondocks performing his mandatory military duties). Since her divorce, Pinar Hanim has had 3 intimate relationships that we know of — with Tony Teodoridas, Can Tezal, and her current 23-year-old toy-boy Yagmur Atacan. And, the first two relationships ended when she also cheated on and lied about (and was caught lying about) the next of her cuckolded victims. The 23-year-old Yagmur Bey “better not look back,” as the immortal Satchel Paige used to say, “Something might be gaining on him.”
Beneath Pınar Hanim’s poster picture on the ‘Cheaters Club’ website are the words, ‘Izindeyiz’ (We follow in your footsteps) — a clever (if not perverted) exploitation of the Atatürk slogan. And to the left of that is a red-star logo with the double-horned symbol inside that represents a ‘Cuckold’ in Turkey.
But things at the ‘Cheaters Club’ aren’t all meant to be in pure fun… They get a bit more serious when you read:
The 10 Rules of Cheating Etiquette
1) Don’t cheat on a woman while she’s pregnant.
2) Don’t cheat on a man when he is on military duty.
3) Don’t cheat with someone that lives in the same location as you do.
4) Don’t cheat with a close friend of your partner.
5) Don’t spend more money on your paramour/mistress than you do on your partner.
6) Never fall in love with your paramour/mistress.
7) If you’re married, don’t have an affair with someone who is also married.
8) Don’t cheat in public places.
9) If you are married, don’t hide the fact.
10) Never tell your partner that you cheated on him/her.
Except for Rule #7 (which seems out-of-place among the others, but which may have a Turkish cultural origin), that list contains pretty solid advice, ahem… if you’re contemplating a love affair in Turkey. But the question is… do Turkish cheaters have the kind of ethical self-discipline to abide by the rules?
In Part 2: The 10 Basic Varieties of Unfaithful Turkish Lovers
[Click following to access a fully illustrated HTML version of The ‘Lying Eyes Club’ of Turkey #1 of 3.]