Marital Infidelity Essays

Introduction

Extramarital affairs are relationships of a sexual manner involving married individuals outside of their marriage. A person in an extramarital affair is involved in infidelity. Using the sources indicated in the annotated bibliography, I will delve into the issue of extramarital affairs tackling the major issues raised in them by describing and analyzing major theories in an argumentative manner along with objections and replies.

Extramarital affairs have been in existence for arguably as long as the marriage institution has been around. The need for spouses to cheat has been a phenomenon for thousands of years. This can be seen in numerous Bible verses. In ancient Bible times, the matter of adultery was so weighty that there were put severe consequences if anyone was caught committing adultery. These measures were put as a deterrent to anyone who felt tempted to commit adultery. By considering the consequences, there were fewer cases of adultery reported. This stand is supported for instance by the book of Leviticus in Leviticus 20:10, which provides that a man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, be it their neighbor’s wife, shall be put to death. This shows adultery has been a societal concern since the advent of human civilization and existence of the documented history.

I will therefore analyze different theories related to:

  • Why extramarital affairs occur.
  • How it affects the well-being of others related to the couple.
  • Theories related to the philosophy of intimacy.
  • Moral principles and values in a marriage and their importance.
  • Philosophy of intimacy and integrity from a cultural point of view.
  • The marriage institution and how various types of marriage influence infidelity tendencies.
  • Deontological ethics and how they apply to a marriage setting
  • Importance of consequentialist ethics adherence in a marriage.

In trying to understand why extramarital affairs happen, I will consider the works cited in the bibliography earlier. Ang Thiam Hong in his article delves in the issue of causes of extramarital affairs. He observes that a majority of cases of infidelity are caused by the exhilaration caused by the prospect of sexual involvement with a new partner that either spouse is interested in. It is therefore an indication that such affairs are caused by a staleness in the sexual lives of the specific couples. Lack of a sense of adventure in the romantic involvement of a couple therefore leads them to seek excitement outside of their marriage (Praver 2006). Infidelity, he further observes, is also caused by fundamental disagreements in the marriage. These differences may range from ways to invest family resources, how to handle their relatives, to issues of responsibility in the family. These disagreements cause a strain in the way the couple communicate and relate with each other. If left unresolved, they can cause one of the partners to feel aggrieved and seek solace in an extramarital affair.

 

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