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Even when it comes to infidelities, stricter standards are applied to men than to women. The popular science magazine Psychology Today reports that research is suggesting that people may be more forgiving of women who cheat.
For example, 49 percent of men and 53 percent of women said they would tell a male cheater, “You made a marriage commitment that you have broken and should feel sorry.” In contrast, only 39 percent of men and 37 percent of women would say this to a female cheater.
(…) When given the chance, 55 percent of men and 62 percent of women said they would tell a male cheater that they “should have tried harder to fix your marriage” before they cheated. But when given the chance to offer the same reprimand to a woman who cheated, just 48 percent of men and 45 percent of women said that they would do so.
Perhaps this explains one reason why women are twice as likely to end a marriage as a man. She is more likely to be encouraged to smash her relationship than he is.