Funbox gets asked a lot of questions about romance and relationships and with todays new world full of cyber-internet, open marriages, and new ideas about gender, it's sometimes hard to know what "counts as cheating." That's why we've decided to post a guide to help you through the gray areas.
Pornography: NOT CHEATING
Most men (whether gay or straight) look at pornography, and nowadays most women understand that, however if your partner mentions how they hate pornography (i.e. "It promotes violence against women!"), it's important to nod in agreement and talk about how you "just never got into it, I guess."
Reading Erotica: CHEATING
'Cause it's more about feelings.
Noticing other Men/Women: NOT CHEATING
No one expects their partner to "go blind" after a serious relationship starts. But it's important that when your partner notices you noticing, that you say something disparaging about the person you were just admiring i.e. "Her eyes are fat."
Handshakes: SEE CHART
It's surprising how many questions we get regarding whether it's ok to shake someone else's hand when you are in a serious relationship. Use this handy chart for reference.
- If they are taller than you or are menstruating (ask beforehand): CHEATING
- If they are shorter than you: NOT CHEATING
- If they are same height/Bisexual: HUG INSTEAD
Cyberdating/Cybersex: NOT CHEATING
It's ok to have 1 cyber-relationship in addition to your regular relationship. Unless you met your current partner on line, in which case you may only have sex with 1 other person who you have met in a non-Internet setting.
Tickle Fights: NOT CHEATING
Totally acceptable as long as the other person is going "HA HA HA! STOP! I'm gonna pee!" and not "Mmmm. Oh. (blushing furiously) gasp! Oh god, I'm gonna pee!"
Poker Night with the Guys: CHEATING
Or it might as well be for all the trouble I get in to for it!
Incest: NOT CHEATING
All families do this.
Being Friends with the Opposite Sex: CHEATING
"Just friends?! Yeah right!" (Gays exempt).