Do Money and Attractiveness Excuse Cheating?

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Tiger Woods and his fondness for 20-something-year-old fame cravers, has brought back the oft-held debate about male fidelity. At the writing of this posting, Tiger’s marriage seems to still be alive even if damaged. No moving trucks have been to his home.

Tiger is a professional golfer with a wife and two small children. Perhaps his looks don’t turn heads exactly, but I don’t know anyone who finds him to be repulsive. Oh yeah, he’s also the first billionaire athlete. That last part seems to be what really heats up the fidelity debate. “A man is only as faithful as his options.” We hear that all the time, right?  Well, if that’s true then any and every professional athlete (even golfers!) has a pass to cheat. They have more options than anybody, so if you follow that line of thinking, women who marry them just have to accept that as a part of life.

Besides money and fame, what about attractiveness? Extraordinarily handsome men (or even just extraordinarily charming ones) have a plethora of options as well. Subconsciously, perhaps women act on the belief that handsome men are more likely to cheat. A Journal of Family Psychology study that was featured on livescience.com found that marriages in which the wife was better looking than the husband were more positive and supportive matches than other types of couples. Hmmmm

I have a couple ideas about this, but I’d much rather hear from you first. So, what say you, Get ‘Em Girls? If your partner cheated would his wealth or looks at all factor into whether or not you stayed? Do you believe that wealthier or more handsome men cheat more often?

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  • Cherish December 4, 2009, 11:48 am

    Personally, I think IN GENERAL its probably the opposite (had to put that disclaimer because I don’t believe all men cheat any more than I believe all women are faithful)… Men with fame, money and the spotlight have WAY more to lose and probably are LESS likely to cheat than men who have nothing to lose and would more likely not get caught and exposed to the world.

    I also don’t believe that Tiger’s wife JUST found out… she’s probably been sitting on that one for a while, since these chicks are saying its gone on so long. I will say one thing, she’s being smart about it – smarter than a lot of other women who stuck around. Many women stay with their man after cheating, but she flipped the script to force HIM to give himself an incentive not to do it again with the revised pre-nup… I hope it all works out and he gets it together in the end.

  • Love Is Dope December 7, 2009, 12:12 pm

    Hmmm, I don’t think men with fame and money are less likely to cheat. I think fame and money can SOMETIMES give people tremendous egos that lead them to believe everything and everyone is at their disposal, hence they cheat with abandon.

    I don’t think Tiger’s wife just found out either, she probably caught him before or at least had really strong suspicions. She was all up in his phone after all. LOL I hope the they get it together too. They have little kids.

  • Love Is Dope December 7, 2009, 9:23 pm