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21st Feb '17 10:40:31 PM gewunomox
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* “Part-Time Lover” by StevieWonder describes but does not justify a man’s adultery, but then at the end of the song’s it’s revealed [[LaserGuidedKarma his wife is also having an affair]].

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* “Part-Time Lover” by StevieWonder Music/StevieWonder describes but does not justify a man’s adultery, but then at the end of the song’s it’s revealed [[LaserGuidedKarma his wife is also having an affair]].
13th Feb '17 8:57:54 PM bweb
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* Shows up in the very first episode of NightCourt. The first case that Harry Stone hears is the case of a wife who took a shot at her husband when she caught him with a prostitute. Harry takes the time to talk to the couple, where they reveal the only reason the husband went to the prostitute was because he had felt neglected, and the wife reveals she fired the gun straight up in the air, because she loved her husband too much to actually hurt him. Harry gets them to reconcile, and lets the prostitute off with a light fine, as she turns out to be a HookerWithAHeartOfGold.
28th Jan '17 5:44:31 PM eroock
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-->--'''Rodrigo Borgia''', ''Series/{{Borgia}}'', "1492"

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-->--'''Rodrigo -->-- '''Rodrigo Borgia''', ''Series/{{Borgia}}'', "1492"
17th Jan '17 6:48:19 AM Jeduthun
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* In ''Film/FlorenceFosterJenkins'', Florence's husband St Clair sleeps in a separate apartment and keeps a girlfriend on the side. At first he appears to be a cheater escaping a loveless society marriage, but as the story progresses we learn that they have an understanding and unique circumstances due to [[spoiler:Florence being infected with syphilis from her first marriage and abstaining from sex to avoid giving the disease to St Clair]]. Adultery aside, they are shown to be actually a HappilyMarried couple who dote on each other, care for each other's feelings, and call each other by cute pet names.
15th Jan '17 3:53:04 PM mkmckoy
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* “Part-Time Lover” by StevieWonder describes but does not justify a man’s adultery, but then at the end of the song’s it’s revealed [[LaserGuidedKarma his wife is also having an affair]].
15th Jan '17 10:28:03 AM MsChibi
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* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Joy's adultery is mentioned in the introduction to the first episode, where she gives birth to a child that is ''[[ChocolateBaby clearly]]'' [[ChocolateBaby not Earl's]], which is followed shortly by her divorcing him to be with her longtime lover Darnell while Earl is too doped up on morphine to understand that he's just signed divorce papers. A later episode explores the backstory behind the aforementioned ChocolateBaby: Joy had tricked Earl into marrying her while she was pregnant with an unknown man's baby (Dodge), but then Dodge began to cry all the time, which put a strain on their marriage. They sought the best "marriage counseling" they could afford: watching ''[[TalkShow Montel Williams]]'' on daytime television. Montel was counseling another couple on the show, and advised them to take some time out for themselves, taking turns watching the baby. Joy rushed off to the Crab Shack, and ordered herself several margaritas...and fell into the arms of her longtime crush, Darnell. Soon enough, she became pregnant, and realized that there was a chance that the baby wasn't her husband's. Earl, meanwhile, had no idea that anything was amiss, and was excited to be having a kid that was biologically his...only to find out in the delivery room that that wasn't the case. He angrily gathered up his things, and attempted to move back in with his parents, but his father convinced him to put aside his anger and hurt and stay with Joy and the kids, if only for their sakes. Earl resists, but eventually learns what it's like to care about someone when his dad [[ItMakesSenseInContext throws his old pet gerbils out the window]]. He considers it the only decent thing he'd ever done before starting The List.
** In another episode, Earl goes to make up for driving a neighbor of theirs away back in TheEighties, only to find out that the reason the guy left had nothing to do with Earl's tormenting him, but rather out of shame due to a brief affair with Earl's mother. Their spouses were away at work and self-defense classes (and at least Kay and Carl's marriage was...not so great), and they got drunk on wine coolers and one thing led to another. (In the garage!) She felt guilty about it, and quickly broke it off, never mentioning it until Earl brought it up. The neighbor, meanwhile, left because he was ashamed, and because Kay didn't want to continue the relationship or leave Carl for him. This causes her husband Carl to leave her (and try to start a "revenge affair," with hilarious results), but after crying some ManlyTears with Earl over it, he finds it in his heart to forgive her. Mrs. Hickey lampshades this trope when Joy finds out and comes by to gloat about it.
--> '''Kay''': "I may have had one moment of weakness, but you! You've made cheating a lifestyle!"
12th Jan '17 8:56:51 PM FordPrefect
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* ''Literature/MadameBovary'': Emma Bovary has it rough. Her husband loves her and adores her, but he's a stupid and naive guy who doesn't come even close to her intelligence and imagination, and cannot give her the fashionable life she craves, and he doesn't understand her at all. It's hard to judge Emma that she looks for affection elsewhere. She has two lovers in course of the novel, but it's hardly good for her. Neither loves or cares for her as much as she cares for them, and both ultimately back off when things get serious. Keeping these relationships forced Emma to borrow money from a LoanShark, which lead to her ruining her life and the life of her family.

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* ''Literature/MadameBovary'': Emma Bovary has it rough. Her husband loves her and adores her, but he's a stupid and naive guy who doesn't come even close to her intelligence and imagination, and cannot give her the fashionable life she craves, and he doesn't understand her at all. It's hard to judge Emma that she looks for affection elsewhere. She has two lovers in the course of the novel, but it's hardly good for her. Neither loves or cares for her as much as she cares for them, and both ultimately back off when things get serious. Keeping these relationships forced Emma to borrow money from a LoanShark, which lead to her ruining her life and the life of her family.
10th Jan '17 10:40:06 PM MsChibi
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* Sheer shallowness. Rather than giving any actual reason for an affair, they just do it because it [[TheHedonist feels good]].

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* Sheer shallowness. Rather than giving any actual reason for an affair, they just do it because it [[TheHedonist feels good]]. Or they just don't like the way their spouse looks anymore.
29th Dec '16 5:52:52 PM Eievie
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->"Sleeping with another man's wife should be based on the husband's lack of character, not the lustfulness of the woman."
-->--'''Rodrigo Borgia''', ''Series/{{Borgia}}''

[[YourCheatingHeart Adultery in fiction]] is very much a mixed bag. Sometimes you have good adulterers; sometimes you have bad adulterers. Those you see as "just messing up" and can be sympathised with, and those who are genuine [[JerkAss Jerkasses]] and deserve to be caught and humiliated in front of a large crowd.

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->"Sleeping ->''"Sleeping with another man's wife should must be based on the husband's lack of character, not the lustfulness of the woman."
woman's lust!"''
-->--'''Rodrigo Borgia''', ''Series/{{Borgia}}''

''Series/{{Borgia}}'', "1492"

[[YourCheatingHeart Adultery in fiction]] is very much a mixed bag. Sometimes you have good adulterers; sometimes you have bad adulterers. Those you see as "just messing up" and can be sympathised with, and those who are genuine [[JerkAss Jerkasses]] {{Jerkass}}es and deserve to be caught and humiliated in front of a large crowd.
28th Dec '16 7:46:54 AM HighCrate
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* The Naked Husband by Mark D'Arbanville spends a whole book exploring this trope. He and his wife had developed distance without realising it during their marriage, and his attempts to decrease it are generally met with rejection by his wife. His affair with a woman he met at work is shown to be extremely passionate, and it is obvious they are soulmates. However, the damage the affair causes to their respective spouses and families is shown rather vividly. We would call it one of the most ambiguous books on adultery ever written, and very good for it. Of course, given the authors personal experience it might have been expected...

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* The Naked Husband by Mark D'Arbanville spends a whole book exploring this trope. He and his wife had developed distance without realising it during their marriage, and his attempts to decrease it are generally met with rejection by his wife. His affair with a woman he met at work is shown to be extremely passionate, and it is obvious they are soulmates. However, the damage the affair causes to their respective spouses and families is shown rather vividly. We would call it one of the most ambiguous books on adultery ever written, and very good for it. Of course, given the authors personal experience it might have been expected...
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