Beyond the Simply Salacious: Five Stories on Adultery

Here are five stories born of adultery. Read about technological advancements for philanderers and their cuckolds, personal perspectives from the cheater and the cheatee, a forbidden lust-fueled crime story, and a piece on how adultery became bedfellows with American popular culture and music—back in 1909.

1. “The Cuckold” (James Harms, Guernica, February 17, 2014)

“The cuckold knows betrayal as a form of revision: here is the life you thought you were living; now here is what really happened.”

2. “The Adultery Arms Race” (Michelle Cottle, The Atlantic, November 2014)

Do you know where your spouse is? About 15 percent of women and 20 percent of men cheat on their significant other. Author Michelle Cottle explores the various ways technology helps uncover and cover up adultery.

3. “Beauty and Infidelity, Part III: The Other Woman” (Autumn Whitefield-Madrano, The New Inquiry, December, 2012)

Autumn Whitefield-Madrano—as the other woman—reveals her fascination with her conquests’ significant others.

4. “Murder in Black and White” (Steven Mikulan, Los Angeles Magazine, April 23, 2013)

Steven Mikulan tells the bizarre story of Dr. Bernard Finch—a serial philanderer whose affair with his medical secretary started in lust and ended in murder.

5. “Oh! You Kid!” (Jody Rosen, Slate, June 2, 2014)

How a suggestive song about an adulterous husband and wife went viral in 1909, pushing sex out of the bedroom and into American popular music and culture.