Showtime's The Affair Reflects Real Marriages More Than You Think


On Showtime’s hit series The Affair, premiering October 4th for a second season, Dominic West plays Noah Solloway, a man who seems to have it all: Happily (and faithfully) married to his first love Helen (Maura Tierney) for seventeen years; four healthy children; financial stability; a newly published novel; and a… »10/04/15 12:45pm10/04/15 12:45pm

The Downside to Earning More: Your Husband Is More Likely to Cheat

This just in from Cool, Bewildering News About How People Really Are: A study published in the American Sociological Review has found that one way to help cheat-proof your relationship is to make about the same amount of money as your spouse. Because, when one of you makes a lot more, the lower earner becomes more… »6/10/15 1:40pm6/10/15 1:40pm

Of Course Ashley Madison Stuck Hillary Clinton's Image on a Billboard

Ashley Madison is no stranger to sleaze ball ads and PR moves, but their latest one, while in the same vein, is quite the doozy. The online extramarital matchmaking service just unveiled a new billboard in Chicago starring a beaming Hillary Clinton photoshopped with the signature Ashley Madison finger to her lips. … »6/28/14 1:07pm6/28/14 1:07pm

Cuckolded: Why Do So Many Men Fantasize About Their Wives Cheating on Them?

A muscular, middle-aged guy comes home with one of his friends. Together, they approach his hot wife, who happens to be lying on the couch and wearing the shortest dress she owns. She forgot to wear underwear. Again. The husband makes a proposition: Turns out, he's always fantasized about watching her have sex with… »2/11/14 8:56pm2/11/14 8:56pm

Unhinged Ex Girlfriend's Viral Blog Was Actually A Marketing Hoax

Classic American love story: Boy meets girl. Boy cheats on girl. Girl discovers infidelity. Girl goes batshit crazy, taking out full page ads in college newspaper and starting whole tumblr about it. Boy grovels. Girl vows continued revenge. Girl turns out to be an invention of a record company promoting a new *bItChEs… »1/31/14 7:00pm1/31/14 7:00pm

The Recession Has Taken All the Fun and Extramarital Sex Out of Italy

Ah, August. As we learned through repeat viewings of The Seven Year Itch, it's really the perfect time for the married man to let loose and let his wife do the same, having her run off to that beautiful second home, as he lives it up in the city, spending sweaty nights between the sheets with his much younger sexy… »8/27/13 12:40pm8/27/13 12:40pm

What Your Receipts Reveal About Your Shameful Secrets

In the immortal words of Freud, “No mortal can keep a secret. If the lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.” This is a thought I revisit often; for instance, last week, I ran into a very distant acquaintance at a CVS while purchasing two things: a box of super… »6/27/13 5:00pm6/27/13 5:00pm

Katie Roiphe: Internet Infidelity is Lame Compared To Straight-Up Extramarital Banging

Our very own wealthy, psuedo-intellectual Brooklyn-brownstone-dwelling polemic feminist (although, who knows, she might rankle at the label of "feminist") Katie Roiphe's latest piece on Slate, primarily addresses this much passed-around NYT article and the nuances of Facebook flirtations. See, KT thinks it's worse… »2/09/13 5:00pm2/09/13 5:00pm