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Men have been long assumed to be the kind who would cheat on their wives or girlfriends (or boyfriends!). Ever since the Tiger Woods scandal broke loose women must be thinking twice about where their husbands may be at all times, but surprise surprise, it's not just the men who cheat, it's women who tend to cheat more!

In this day and era, female infidelity have risen drastically which is surprising given that back in old times they were stoned, raped, humiliated and punished for cheating on their spouses.

Every day, more women are having sex with men other than their husband. Younger women, under 25, and women over the age of 60 are cheating more than ever before. Male infidelity, estimated at between 50-60% of all males across a lifetime, has remained relatively steady. But female infidelity has progressively increased, to the point where current estimates put it between 45-55% for lifetime risk of infidelity by a woman, and some researchers suggest that female infidelity may one day rival male cheating.

As women's rights are surging on strong, more women are beginning to stand up for their rights and finding their own voice. So it's not that they're cheating more these days, they're just admitting to it more or well, getting caught.

In recent years, more people view infidelity as common, understandable, even normal and expected. In a survey by the AARP, only around 22% of respondents felt that infidelity was wrong, compared with a rate of 41% when this question was assessed in 1999.

Since TV shows and movies such as Sex and The City emerged, many women are empowered by the friendship and 'tell-all' sessions they can share with their closest girlfriends and gay besties. This kind of lifestyle easily becomes a center for spilling the beans on their naughty fantasies, problems, and infidelities.

Realistically, infidelity is something that happens to both men and women in unhappy or dissatisfied relationships. It's still not as accepted or openly encouraged, but it does hammer cheating women down to the same category as any home-wrecker, male or female.

[PsychToday]