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Female infidelity is on the rise and may one day rival male cheating. Lately, the media is filled with stories of cheating husbands. But a bigger story is in the rising numbers of female infidelity. Every day, more women are having sex with men other than their husbands.

Women, under 25, and women over the age of 50 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. So why have we seen such a dramatic increase in such a relatively short period of time?

For thousands of years, women have suffered horrific social punishments when caught in infidelity. Estimates of infidelity are still widely regarded as suppressed estimates, due to the fear and shame people have about acknowledging past unfaithful sexual behavior.

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. So, it may simply be that we are hearing more about infidelity, not because it’s happening more, but because it is safer to talk about.

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