CMV: the conception of “cheating” (infidelity) as a top tier relationship-shattering offense is an arbitrary social construct, and attempts to explain what is so intrinsically bad about it are typically either circular or fall to the most basic analysis. We could just as well collectively agree to think of it as not a big deal, or as a bad habit but not an unforgivable one, or in any number of other ways, and our thinking would make it so.

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(I'm poly and my perspective on this is certainly colored by that, but I have also been in long-term monogamous relationships including eight years of marriage and never cheated, so this is not about excusing myself)

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