Thursday, January 29, 2015

Marriage and Cheating...

So, I saw this joke:

A Nigerian and his wife were having dinner at a very fine restaurant when this absolutely stunning young woman comes over to their table, gives the husband a big kiss, says she'll see him later and walks away.

His wife glares at him and says, "Who the hell was that?"

"Oh," replies the husband, "she's my mistress."

"Well, that's the last straw," says the wife. "I've had enough, I want a divorce."

"I can understand that," replies her husband, "but remember, if we get a divorce it means that you don't get any more shopping trips to London, Paris or New York, no more Christmas abroad, no more weekend trips to South Africa or Dubai, no more Mercedes, Land Rover or BMW in the garage and no more Boat Club, Beach House or Ikoyi Club. But the decision is yours."

Just then, another Nigerian friend enters the restaurant with a younger gorgeous girl on his arm.

"Who's that woman with Chief?" asks the wife.

That's his mistress," says her husband.

Ours is prettier," she replies.

As hilarious as the joke was, the comments that followed were even funnier and it got me thinking, why do wives get bent out of shape about their men's philandering?

There is a children's book called, Everyone Poops...there should be an adult book named, Everyone Cheats! Yes, men, women, goats...In my opinion, and as I've come to realize, it is abnormal for a man not to cheat and abnormal for a woman to cheat (per society rules).
Abnormal for a man not to cheat because it is expected that he will. Hearing about a man not cheating when the opportunity is rampant is stranger than fiction. Abnormal for a woman to cheat because it is expected that she won't.
Marriage for a woman (well, used to be) means security and stability; men get married to procreate...These days all of those can be achieved outside of marriage and are no longer considered contemptible, so why bother getting married?

Since biblical times, Adam was probably the only monogamous man and that was probably because Eve was the only woman around. They bed their maids and wives sisters etc. I think this is when I realized that all men cheat and are predisposed to cheat.

Back to the joke, it implied that the wife was cool with her husband carrying on with other women as long as she got to keep her lifestyle. Some comments took offense to the implication; I, on the other, felt that was a good move on the wife's part.

Many years ago, I definitely would have been very upset but knowing what I know now, not so much. Cause, tell me, what is the better alternative? Leave a place of material comfort, for another who is going to turn around and do the same thing? I think not!

What do you think?