There has been a plethora (fine, an abundance) of conjecture and coverage regarding David Duchovny checking himself into rehab for a sex addiction. His rumored sexy vice is the interweb porn. (Though recent rumors suggest that he checked into a rehab to head off speculation that he was getting frisky on the low low with assistants and a tennis coach). From there my homies, Em & Lo, asked if masturbation was the new infidelity (and my YourTango bud, Jessica Wakeman, explored this over in our LoveBuzz too). The first answer is, of course, a resounding "nah, son."
But then you think about it a little bit. What is cheating? Obviously, it depends couple to couple but I think it’s best said that anything of an interpersonal nature that you’d be ashamed for your partner to find out about. More accurately, anything that your opposite number would be justifiably bent about if they discovered. Sure, there are sociopaths that really could care less what their girlfs (or boyf, for there are plenty of female and gay sociopods) thought about their on-the-side adventures, but they don't count for the purpose of this conversation. Same goes for some religious types who think all onanism is wrong wrong wrong.
One of my favorite columnists, Esquire's Chuck Klosterman, once mentioned a "hypothetical" in which a drunk guy is confronted with his equally tipsy lady neighbor. They're on friendly terms, and she asks him to do her a solid involving watching her jill off. It turns out the only way for her to orgasm is to have a fella watch her service herself. Cheating? It's grey, right? Would dude's girlf be ripping out the other broad's blond extensions if she found out about this? Affirmative.
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