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Is Sexting Cheating?

Cheating may be the ultimate deal breaker for many women, but these days, it comes in so many forms of tweets and texts that it's hard to nail down what exact behavior warrants no second chances.

Take the much-discussed scandals of Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress in 2011 over embarrassing crotch shots were released and is now dealing with a new sexting scandal during his NYC mayoral run. At the time of 2011's "Weinergate," he stressed in his confession that he never had a physical relationship with any of his cybersex buddies. Despite the racy pics, he claimed he never met them, nor had the opportunity to father a love child or jeopardize the sexual health of his wife, Huma Abedin (who was pregnant at the time of the first scandal). This time around it's the same just-sexting-no-sex story, albeit with a new mortifying angle as he sent the sexually explicit photos under the email alias "Carlos Danger." Huma is yet again standing by her man, but would you?

Perhaps the absence of actual sex makes cyber cheating something the betrayed partner is willing to work out with therapy before initiating divorce proceedings or ending the relationship. It's clearly a serious betrayal of trust, but does a lack of physical activity make you see it differently than other forms of cheating? Or would you break up over it?

— Additional reporting by Tara Block

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janneth janneth 4 years
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
stephley stephley 6 years
It’s a good bet that in any marriage, there’s going to be at least one faith-shaking event. It doesn’t have to be sex, it could be alcohol or drug related, financial, a midlife values crisis. If a person was worth marrying in the first place, it should be worth it to stay and try to work through the issue. If you can’t, it wasn’t much of a marriage anyway.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I would have a hard time dealing with this. But I made vows until death do us part, so I'd want to work through it.
StressQueen StressQueen 6 years
I have just recently gone through something similar to this situation. It's a hard situation to be in, I hope that his wife has someone to talk to and lean on. No matter what, his intention was there and that is cheating.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 6 years
I would have a hard time getting over it but if I were married I'd probably try to work it out. However if it were just a boyfriend I'd kick him to the curb.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I don't even really understand the appeal of cyber cheating. I guess no real contact makes it safer, but no less acceptable. I think it shows a lack of maturity and a huge lack of self control. Just step away from the Twitter account.
zeze zeze 6 years
I wouldn't, this wasn't some steamy emotional online affair, he was sending pictures out to girls he didn't know to feed his insecure nerdy 15 year old ego. It probably doesn't help that he is married to a woman who has her own successful life and is very pretty in her own right - his insecurity got the best of him and he looks foolish for it, but not something to end a marriage over. Marriage is supposed to have ups and downs.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
I would have a hard time getting over this. Physical or not, there is an emotional component to cheating and this type of activity would impact my ability to trust my partner again. Even if I chose to stay, I would feel like the question of his fidelity would always be in the back of my mind. I think any kind of cheating, cyber or face to face, causes feelings of betrayal and humiliation, even if the situation is kept in private rather than broadcast to the wole world. I don't think cheating is impossible to work through, but for me personally it would be difficult regardless of the method of cheating.
awesomepants awesomepants 6 years
Hmm..If I was married I don't think I would leave my husband over things that he did online. Honestly, I would probably get pissed at first but then laugh at him for a very very long time for being that sleazy. If I was her I would stay but only because she's pregnant and I think her relationship with him is salvageable. It just sucks because she's probably feeling more humiliated than betrayed. Had she caught him before everyone found out I'm sure they would have worked it out in private.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
In this situation, he just seems so smarmy and dishonest, and it's so early in their marriage that I would get out if I were her. But If you were married for ten plus years and your husband admitted it when confronted, I think it's something you might be able to work past.
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