A Huffington Post Sex Q&A With Dr. Eve

Everybody’s sex drive is highest when meeting someone new. The human brain loves novelty, unfamiliarity and unpredictability. Q: After I have an orgasm, I’m too sensitive and carrying on is really difficult for me. How can we work on this? Answer: Work on this? Hmm, not sure you need to “work ” on this. “Working” … Read moreA Huffington Post Sex Q&A With Dr. Eve

Revenge Porn, Sextortion And Other Nasty Virtually Violent Harmful Behaviour

Men are likely to experience name-calling and embarrassment, while young women are vulnerable to sexual harassment and stalking on all social platforms. I was the target of a vengeful ex. The first time I ended the relationship, he called me up to ten times in succession, a few times a day, and bombarded me with … Read moreRevenge Porn, Sextortion And Other Nasty Virtually Violent Harmful Behaviour

Male Orgasms — Choose Your Trend Of Fake, Quick Or Slow

All the different players in his body and current situation, have to come together at the right time, in unison, to create one fine resounding crescendo. Think of a man’s orgasm as a symphony orchestra, with each instrument having to be in tune and in time, to create majestic sounds. The conductor is responsible for bringing in … Read moreMale Orgasms — Choose Your Trend Of Fake, Quick Or Slow

Think We’ve Heard Enough About Safe Sex? This Is Why Condom And STI Week Matters

STI/Condom Week is a health awareness campaign by the South African government to promote safer sex and curb the spreading of STI’s/ HIV/AIDS. Isn’t it ironic, as Alanis Morissette sings, that Condom/STI Week began on Valentine’s Day? It’s like your honeymoon night – you’re expected to have penetrative sex that night irrespective of how drunk, … Read moreThink We’ve Heard Enough About Safe Sex? This Is Why Condom And STI Week Matters

There Are More People Masturbating At Work Than You Think — Here’s What To Consider Before Partaking Yourself

Is going off to the bathroom for a quick wank, the new coffee break? Should lubricants be a standard bathroom accessory, with condoms, soap and hand cream?

Read moreThere Are More People Masturbating At Work Than You Think — Here’s What To Consider Before Partaking Yourself

What South Africans Are Searching For On Pornhub

As I age I become more invisible as a sexual person to the public. The flirty glances from strangers and dinner party sexual innuendos disappear. Im bracketed as “asexual”, a woman without sexual desire, dried up and seeking “companionship” over a rip roaring night of sexual passion. It was with delight and relief to see … Read moreWhat South Africans Are Searching For On Pornhub

Cheating On Your Spouse Just Ain’t What It Used To Be

Bees and birds do it. Men and women do it. About equally. Between 25 and 70 per cent of women — and 40 and 80 per cent of men — have engaged in at least one extramarital sexual encounter. And these figures are for In Real Life Infidelity only. When it comes to Cyber Infidelity the figures are about as deep a thumb suck as you can get. Who is going to admit to a researcher this shamed, sinful behavior? In truth we really dont know how many people actually commit infidelity.

FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2010, file photo, Tiger Woods pauses during a news conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Woods called a news conference to apologize for his infidelities saying, “I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated.” (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

As a couple and sex therapist and clinical sexologist, working with infidelity is part of my daily bread and butter. The blame and shame exchanged between the injured partner and the participating partner reverberate off my walls until I have to call “time out”. Once the initial trauma is over and emotions become regulated, couples begin a conversation about the “morality” of cheating. This new “morality” questions global agreements that couples take for granted from the moment they become significant. Namely that they will be the one and only for each other, have ownership of each others genitals and hearts, and commit all their resources to only each other. Infidelity shakes these up in the most agonising manner.

I admit to cringing when placing these two words side by side : “morality” and “cheating “. I wonder who’s morality a couple is using – is it the traditional vows of commitment, sexual fidelity and monogamy? Plus I really want to know how, in this shifting world of the internet , do they define cheating.

I know the answer to the question of morality: we are using a Judeo-Christian model that dictates a mono-hetero-normative model of monogamy, sexual fidelity and commitment as ideal. Ask any person if they believe in infidelity and they will vigorously and righteously reply “No.” Ask that same person if they would leave this partner and the answer will be “yes”. And this same person will say they cannot forgive the infidel.

I don’t believe morality should interfere in people’s decision making process. And anyway the sands of morality are shifting.

Yet the majority of people try to stay, stay and even purport to develop a richer relationship, with themselves and their partner. All ideals of “morality” are kicked out the door as fear of cutting ties, children and finances, loneliness dominate decisions.

I am delighted. I don’t believe morality should interfere in people’s decision making process. And anyway the sands of morality are shifting. To begin with , the simple confusion of “are we in relationship now” dictates a new form of morality. As to the definitions of infidelity, well, the internet has certainly brought pandemonium to this concept.

In 2013 at the beginning of my research into Cyber Infidelity , one of my primary goals was to establish a definition of Cyber Infidelity. I remember the first time a couple sat on my couch with this conundrum of whether or not infidelity had indeed been committed.

She was inconsolable. Having a suspicious feeling, she went onto her partner’s mobile and found WhatsApp chats between him and a woman unknown to her. The conversations were frequent and mutually sexually explicit. Once confronted, he denied any wrongdoing, stating: “Its not that I am having sex or anything”. And he was correct. According to traditional sexual norms, which state that “sex” is penile/vaginal penetration until the man ejaculates, no body fluids were exchanged online. Is this cheating, I asked myself?

I realised that no amount of “morality” could prevent cyber infidelity and that people need a mutually agreed upon definition, new relationship agreements and a guideline on managing their cyber lives.

Amplified pain kept walking into my therapy room. Amplified through reading words and seeing sexting that made the injured partner wonder who this person they call “significant partner” really is. I realised that this pain was like no other kind of infidelity pain I’d ever seen. Indeed not only was this a betrayal in the traditional sense of a big secret having been kept, but betrayal that cut at the heart as the injured person could read and re-read written words. And mostly, establishing trust felt impossible. How do you remove a mobile phone from an adult for bad behavior?!

I realised that no amount of “morality” could prevent cyber infidelity and that people need a mutually agreed upon definition, new relationship agreements and a guideline on managing their cyber lives.

Cyber Infidelity is a process in which people in a committed relationship seek computer synchronous interactive contact through electronic conversations that occur through text, chat rooms, emails and dating sites. These contacts may be emotional, sexual or pornographic. They are always secret. They violate the very principles upon which traditional marriage and relationships are built, namely monogamy, sexual fidelity and commitment.

YOUR INFIDELITY MORALITY CHECK LIST:

I ask you to consider your current morality on cheating:

  • How do you define cheating?
  • Would your partner define it in the same way?
  • Do you consider cheating a deal breaker?
  • If you are an Injured Partner, would you consider leaving ?
  • If you stayed , would you feel a self betrayal ?
  • If you are the participating partner, would you feel guilty about your infidelity?
  • Would you forgive your partner? Give reasons either way.
  • Have you considered reconfiguring your original vows of monogamy, sexual fidelity and commitment?
  • Is one type of Infidelity worse than another type? Tick off and add on: 1. sex with a sex worker 2. sex worker is same/opposite sex 3. same sex person 4. massage with happy ending 5. interfaith/intercultural person 6. emotional only infidelity 7. sexual only infidelity 8. online only 9. sexting 10. friendship only 11. pornography viewing.

Welcome to the new cheating morality! Relook your own traditional values and see what you want to keep and what you want to throw out. I urge you to have this important discussion about morality and online activities, privacy and boundaries with a partner. It may well save you from the unnecessary pain of being seduced online.