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Thread: Does constructive encheatering make you a cheater?

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    Re: Does constructive encheatering make you a cheater?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    Okay, so let me present here probably the most common cheating scenario in the world. A couple married, then after having a child or two, the wife gained a ton of weight (biology?) and now wouldn't care to undo it by working it off or dieting it off. This is extremely unfair on the wife, even before going into the marriage/cheating question, but ... . Now, the husband is trying to adapt to the "new" wife, but like with every adaptation, there is a failure rate. So, as a result, some men fail emotionally, sending the marriage to instability, some men fail physically, sending the marriage into cheat. How high a % sould we call asshole-ishness, and how high a % should we call normal? Is it reasonable to call a 50+% ubnormal/assholish, or 40+%, or 30+%? (The national divorce rate is 50 %.)
    That "divorce" rate of 50% is higher than than for many reasons.

    First, they don't count all the couples who cohabitate in a marriage like relationship and then break up.

    Second, it compares marriage licenses to divorce rates. If a person married and then divorces. That statistically is 50/50. However, if that person then remarries the rate statistically drops to 33%. 2 marriages. 1 divorce. Same person. Is that REALLY a 50% divorce rate? If a person marries 3 times and divorces 3 times, is that a 50% divorce rate? Yes and no.

    A statistic of 50% divorce rate more accurately is over 60% - and that is if you do not count marriage-cohabitations without a license.

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    Re: Does constructive encheatering make you a cheater?

    I've never cheated and never been cheated on. Hopefully that continues to remain the case.
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    Re: Does constructive encheatering make you a cheater?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    Absolutely yes, cowardly and disgraceful is the world (... most of it).
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    OK, OK. Come clean. Tell YOUR story. Stop being abstract and be specific. What happened to you or by you?

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    Re: Does constructive encheatering make you a cheater?

    Forgiveness, understanding and trying to excuse your bad behavior are different things altogether. If you can't do it with your spouse present and you don't want them to know about it and you feel guilty - it's cheating. Fessing up should not include excuses. And whatever bad behavior your spouse has engaged in that you're now using to excuse your own bad behavior is not any sort of valid excuse for behaving badly yourself. The old Two Wrongs wisdom you learned in kindergarten.

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    Re: Does constructive encheatering make you a cheater?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    Some of my previous posts and examples in this thread have proven this a few times over. Now it is your turn.
    No, all you've done is prove you don't know the difference between "encourage" and "force".
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    Re: Does constructive encheatering make you a cheater?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    I think you over simplify. Relationships are just too diverse. One interesting aspect around her is the seniors and their relationships. Some in marriages for decades. It is NOT rare at all for one or both to fool around on each other. Very common. They both "hide it" from each other, yet both actually know, just don't know details. Yet in all ways their marriages are still intact and if that 3rd-wheel tries to mess with that marriage BOTH go ballistic at that 3rd wheel in the sense of stay the hell out of their marriage, ie fun and play time away from home is nothing more than that.

    Are they "cheating?" Yes. And no. Its their marriage, their relationship, and they have the evolving rules and what it means.

    It really isn't rare that one, the other, or both find "playmates" when traveling, away or for time away with the boys or girls - when actually it is just going out to play around - away from each other for a while. Right. Wrong. Their say. Not an "open" marriage exactly, and both always would adamently deny it if it ever came up to each other - because they are supposed to do that.

    I think this is a vast topic that some are too over-simplifying around a value, rather than all the almost infinite variable.
    I think you're complicating in an attempt to justify cheating. A relationship is an informal contract between two people, when a person cheats, which is to have sexual relations with a person outside of that relationship without the other persons knowledge or consent, the person is in breach of that contract. It causes emotional pain for the other party without any consideration for them whatsoever. A cheater is a rat, a lowly selfish creature who only cares about themselves, and what they want, which makes them untrustworthy.
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    Re: Does constructive encheatering make you a cheater?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    Many cheaters cheat because they are just like that. Many cheaters cheat because their partners push them into it. And many cheaters cheat to line up the new person before breaking up and risking the unsupportive singleness period. Which category do you belong to?
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    Re: Does constructive encheatering make you a cheater?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    Okay, so let me present here probably the most common cheating scenario in the world. A couple married, then after having a child or two, the wife gained a ton of weight (biology?) and now wouldn't care to undo it by working it off or dieting it off. This is extremely unfair on the wife, even before going into the marriage/cheating question, but ... . Now, the husband is trying to adapt to the "new" wife, but like with every adaptation, there is a failure rate. So, as a result, some men fail emotionally, sending the marriage to instability, some men fail physically, sending the marriage into cheat. How high a % sould we call asshole-ishness, and how high a % should we call normal? Is it reasonable to call a 50+% ubnormal/assholish, or 40+%, or 30+%? (The national divorce rate is 50 %.)
    This is a scenerio out of your imagination. If you can show me any statistic that correlates significant weight gain to cheating in any significant percentage, perhaps it's worth considering. But you can't just make up stuff in your head and say that accounts for cheating. It doesn't. Most cheating is all about the cheater, not the cheatee.

    It's about chasing that wonderful hormonal feeling we call "lust." It's about chasing youth. It's about chasing danger. It's about hurting our spouse or significant other. It's about dodging responsibilities. (It's sooo much more fun to **** when you don't have to worry about paying the mortgage or change a diaper.) It's about chasing foot-loose-fancy-free. It's about chasing the person who doesn't care about your faults because he/she doesn't know about them.

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    Re: Does constructive encheatering make you a cheater?

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    I think you're complicating in an attempt to justify cheating. A relationship is an informal contract between two people, when a person cheats, which is to have sexual relations with a person outside of that relationship without the other persons knowledge or consent, the person is in breach of that contract. It causes emotional pain for the other party without any consideration for them whatsoever. A cheater is a rat, a lowly selfish creature who only cares about themselves, and what they want, which makes them untrustworthy.
    In my latter comments I'm not trying to morally justify anything, nor condemn. I tend to look at topics more from pragmatic, rather than dogmatic" perspectives about other people's relationships, not my own. Each relationship 2 people have is uniquely THEIR relationship, not yours.

    Not everyone believes in hell. Not everyone believes in absolutes. Not everyone believes in sudden-death of marriage or relationship either. In short, not everyone has your morality NOR has your definition of what "cheating" means. To some, as I noted, it means not putting in the other person's face nor in any other way letting it affect the relationship. Out of sight, out of mind. If that is how their marriage works, that's how it works. And since I know some "old folks" married for decades who do function that way, it works for them. Maybe, for them, that is how they stayed together for decades - to establish - for them - rules of propriety and decorum that work for them - as an alternative to having to divorce to have each their little adventures and "alone time." But the rules seems to be 1.) dont' talk about it to each other and 2.) don't let it interfere with anything they do as a married couple. The unspoken known to each other. Because it is not suppose to be spoken of between them. To not put it in each other's face.

    They don't want a different spouse. They don't want to end their marriage. They just each want some time away from each other for little "adventures" and playtime.

    If that is how their marriage works for them, that's how it works, and if so that in a way is cheating and a way isn't. We just know quite a few old folks whose marriages do function that way and have for a long time. And the only way we know is because my wife particularly knows some of them very well on a friendship level and for whatever reason they talk about it with her for whatever reasons they do.

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    Re: Does constructive encheatering make you a cheater?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    In my latter comments I'm not trying to morally justify anything, nor condemn. I tend to look at topics more from pragmatic, rather than dogmatic" perspectives about other people's relationships, not my own. Each relationship 2 people have is uniquely THEIR relationship, not yours.
    And I never said it was. You can create whatever examples you want, but for the vast majority, that isn't the case. Marriage is an absolute. It's a formal contract between two people that they will be loyal and faithful to each other. Just because you know some swingers doesn't change this.
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