Playing Around: Women and Infidelity by Linda Wolfe

By Linda Wolfe

Intimate, explosive, revelatory

American ladies discuss having been untrue to their fundamental sexual companions. Why did they cheat? How and the place did they be capable of meet with their fans? have been the affairs extra sexually pleasing than the women's fundamental relationships? extra emotionally fulfilling? Did they think guilt? Did they maintain their affairs mystery or admit them to companions or acquaintances? And, even if confessed or no longer, how did infidelity have an effect on the women's lives?

Intimate and explosive, Playing Around explores the pleasures and pains of girl infidelity and illuminates women's participation in a habit that's usually considered as predominantly male.

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But whether he was or wasn’t, he was certainly never able to produce in her the torrents of passion she had envisioned. She grew depressed and for the rest of her life used affairs as a form of therapy— they countered her depression and maintained her ego. She may have been one of the first women writers to recognize how this worked— there have been many since. ” George Sand, who also had her first affair within a few short years of marriage, was to attempt later in life to describe to her husband the lack of uxorious appreciation which provoked her adultery.

And yet gradually a new prestige adhered to women. They became the objects of courtly or romantic love, a love that stressed adoration of women. Men were to accomplish great deeds of heroism for women, and to worship them with despairing even tragic sentiments. But debate still flourishes as to the essential nature of courtly love. It was certainly adulterous, in that the object of a man’s dedication was often a married woman, wife of a lord to whom the lover owed fealty. But was this adulterous love sexual or not?

Nevertheless, they focus on her, if only because she is so enigmatic a heroine, a self-determined but mysterious guerrilla fighting in the underbrush of social custom. She has figured in so many plots, yet neither her full story nor her ultimate aims has altogether unfolded. 46 Part II Interviewing: Marriage Who the Women Are I began to gather the stories which unfold here by talking with a handful of friends and some of my former neighbors who had, in the past, described their extramarital sexual experiences to me.

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