Suddenly, adultery is big news. But what exactly is adultery? Is it illegal?
In case you have lost track of all the adultery stories in the news, here is the list:
Former football star Frank Gifford was photographed cuddling with a woman who was not his wife (talk-show host Kathy Lee Gifford). He later admitted to having an affair with the woman. Special angle: A tabloid paid her to seduce him.
Michael Kennedy, son of Robert, admitted to having an affair with his daughter's 14-year-old baby sitter.
Georgia gubernatorial candidate Mike Bowers admitted to a 10-year extramarital affair. Special angle: When Bowers was attorney general, he prosecuted a gay man in what became a famous Supreme Court case (Bowers vs. Hardwick) upholding anti-sodomy laws.
Police found comedian Eddie Murphy, a married man, with a transvestite prostitute in his car.
The newly appointed president of ABC News, David Westin, acknowledged his affair with ABC public-relations executive Sherrie Rollins, wife of political consultant Ed Rollins.
A child-support suit was filed against Roger Clinton, the president's brother, because he conceived a child with a married woman in 1990.
The Air Force discharged pilot Kelly Flinn because she disobeyed orders to end her relationship with a married soccer coach.
Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney, the Army's top enlisted soldier, was charged with adultery, as well as with sexually harassing four servicewomen.
Franklin Foer is editor at large of the New Republic. He is the author of How Soccer Explains the World.