Are men or women more likely to cheat? While men have always had a worse reputation for being unfaithful, it appears that women are catching up fast. And, because we are more likely to lie about it, we are less likely to get caught.
The news that Farrah Fawcett had a secret affair for 11 years without telling a soul is a classic example of the way a woman cheats: discreetly, in secret, and while carrying on with the rest of her life as normal.
I believe that there's a lot of women out there keeping a lot of secrets. I know a woman, who had an ongoing affair for 20 years. She was married the entire time and her husband never suspected a thing. Woman follow the 11th commandment 'don't get caught'.
Women have always had affairs, but over the past 20 years the numbers have risen dramatically.
Jobs outside the home - financial independence and changing social attitudes mean that modern women simply have more opportunity to meet other men and start affairs.
Why do women lie? Because we must, and because we can. In spite of apparent equality and a more sexually open society, we are still more harshly judged for our sex lives than men. But we also lie naturally and instinctively, as a way to manage and control our relationships, to protect our partners and our families, and to keep our options open.
In fact, we lie so much and for so many reasons that often we don't even think of it as lying at all, but as 'relationship management'.
Women are taught to lie from childhood. Those simple, altruistic lies such as saying we've had a lovely time when we haven't, that someone looks nice when she doesn't, or that we're delighted with a gift we don't really like, are just some of the small ways that lying oils the wheels of our social lives, keeps the peace, and makes other people happy.