They have wandering eyes. They're obsessed with the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. They come home from one-too-many late nights at the "office" with lipstick on their collars. Whatever the degree, men do cheat. And they do it more than women do. In the original Kinsey Report, published more than 50 years ago, approximately 60 percent of men, compared to 30 percent of women, were unfaithful to their spouses before the age of 40. Those numbers have remained much the same in subsequent studies. When even the President of the United States can't keep his hands off other women, despite the calamitous consequences, we have to wonder -- why do men cheat?
So we asked iVillage women about adultery on iVillage's Speak Your Mind, a survey area devoted to the expression and sharing of opinions on various topics. The responses were filled with strong feelings, from anger to understanding, frustration to forgiveness, but several themes were especially popular. Ultimately, iVillagers believe men cheat for the following five reasons:
1. S-E-X. iVillage women say men just can't control their eyes, hands, and well, you know:
"Women need a reason to have an affair, men just need a place." --iVillager go_getter
"Men will cheat if given the opportunity. They are just like that! They can be happy in their relationship and life, but if the opportunity to cheat is there, they will do it! I really believe they can't help it." --iVillager ldrake5477
"I asked my boyfriend why men cheat.... He said, 'Men do it for sex'. He said that a man can have sex with another woman and not feel anything for her." --iVillager pismotam