Steffanie Rivers

If you’re reading this, then the Rapture did not happen on May 21st as predicted by Christian evangelist Harold Camping. But if all the recent revelations of marital infidelity are forewarnings, Camping might be onto something.

What makes a married man think that he can have unprotected sex with the maid, get her pregnant at the same time that his wife is pregnant, they deliver the babies a week apart and nobody will ever find out about him and the maid or the baby he fathered? Most men don’t think any further into the future than their next meal. So that explains his lack of discretion, however inexcusable.

And speaking of inexcusable: I’ve come to the sad realization that most men (I qualified it by saying “most”) will do anything if they think they can get away with it – including sexing an in-law, a neighbor or a family trustee – for a few minutes of pleasure (okay, one minute lest I give them too much credit) no matter how much pain it might cause later. It only took one episode of Dateline: To Catch a Predator for me to come to that conclusion. You might think that because the married man has more to lose – namely his entire family and half of his assets – he wouldn’t put himself in such as compromising predicament. But here we are.

When I am puzzled by a man’s behavior as I so often am, I turn to someone who might be able to shed some light on said behavior; another man who at that rare moment in time is synched up with me and I ask him to explain it as much
as he is able before we fall out of sync. Here is what I was able to glean:

Men have an insatiable desire to be needed. Give them a choice between an educated, self-sufficient woman who has the means to pay her own way or an undereducated bumSqueeta with a bunch of children hanging around her ankles who needs more
financial assistance than a college student without a scholarship, and he’ll choose the woman who takes him on an ego trip. In most cases she would be the latter. Or, if he doesn’t have to choose, he won’t. He’ll play both ends while he hangs out in the uncommitted middle.

But enough about the man, what about the maid who, for all intents and purposes, was a part of the family and even lived in the family’s home for years; the maid who day in and day out looked the wife in her face, took her money and was having sex with her husband? It probably had been going on for years. How could such a trusted member of the inner circle be a part of such betrayal? Did she take the job with this motive in mind? Did she expect to hide the true paternity of her son forever? Or did she keep quiet because of all the hush money rolling her way, including the loan she got to purchase her own home after she moved out of their home just four months ago.

Apparently the lady of the house underestimated the maid’s allure, her husband’s morals and both of their reverence for everyone involved. When will men realize that – contrary to man’s law – all sex ain’t good sex, especially if the fantasy will
destroy your reality? They’ll learn this valuable lesson probably when the rapture actually happens. And by then it will be too late.

Steffanie is a freelance journalist. Send questions, comments or requests for speaking engagements to Steffanie at [email protected]. And see the video version of her journal at youtube.com/steffanierivers.