Infidelity: women rapidly closing the cheating gap with man

Infidelity: women rapidly closing the cheating gap with man

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NAUGHTY BEHAVIOUR | Since 1990 the rate of married women who report they’ve been unfaithful has increased by 40 percent, while the rate among men has remained the same. More women than ever are cheating, or are willing to admit that they are cheating. So what exactly is happening inside marriages to shift the numbers? What has changed about monogamy or family life in the past 27 years to account for the closing gap?

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Catching up through independence
The most likely cause of this startling increase in infidelity among women is their long overdue economic and social emancipation, which provides more opportunities to cheat in the workplace and means women have become less reliant on men for financial support.

Millennial women cheat as much a men
The trend for women to have more affairs seems only to be growing among the younger generation. Research into the sexual activity of millennials suggests that since 2011, younger women have been cheating at rates comparable to men.

Not disgraced
Many factors, like financial independence, physical health and so on, are making affairs easier for women than ever, with fewer consequences if caught. For instance, while disapproval rates of infidelity are actually higher now than they were in the Seventies, women no longer face the stigma that once surrounded adultery.

And there’s the internet, which has revolutionist the ease of forming emotional or sexual connections outside of marriage. Infidelity isn’t confined to secret rendezvous in hotels any longer. Today’s philanderer can be sharing a meal with their spouse while sending texts to their lover.

Last updated on: 3 May 2020


Infedelity, 2017

Paint marker on cotton,
50 x 40 cm (19,7 x 15,7 inch)

IISHOO Art Agency


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