Someone in a relationship who had sex with another person is 3.7 times more likely to cheat again. Even among married couples, cheating is relatively common with about 22% of men and 13% of women cheating. Cheating is so widespread that one-quarter to one-fifth of married people will openly admit to having engaged in sexual infidelity at some point. Men are more likely to forgive a spouse for a dalliance. If a couple makes it through the seven year itch phase of marriage, the odds of a woman cheating fall off significantly, although men are more likely to stray around year 18. Not only are cheaters more likely to cheat again, but those who were cheated on are more likely to be cheated on again.
Infidelity even occurs in Nursery Rhymes, as Peter is not able to restrain his wife from having sex with multiple male partners, so he decides to kill her. After killing his wife, Peter decides to hide her body in a large pumpkin. The moral story behind the story focuses on educating women of the essence of demonstrating faithfulness to their husbands. Peter, Peter, pumpkin-eater, Had a wife and couldn’t keep her; He put her in a pumpkin shell, And there he kept her very well. Peter, Peter pumpkin eater, Had another and didn’t love her; Peter learned to read and spell, And then he loved her very well. Peter carved out this giant pumpkin, and since his wife wasn’t around to cook for him anymore, because of her extra-marital activities, he had a lot of pumpkin to eat. A better solution might have been for Peter to devise some type of chastity belt for his disloyal wife, then he wouldn’t have to have eaten all of that pumpkin.
Written for Linda G. Hill Life in progress One-Liner Wednesday – March 20 prompt.