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Guess what.

Guys don’t cheat. Guys aren’t cheaters. Guys don’t fool around on their girlfriends or boyfriends or husbands or wives. Guys aren’t unfaithful. Guys don’t hop in bed with someone else the first chance they get.

I mean…

Some guys do.

Certain guys do.

Many guys definitely do.

But all guys don’t, and to simply say “guys do” is unfair hyperbole.

I finally ventured back into the dating world, and the same problem exists now that existed when I left it some time ago. All guys are deemed perpetual cheaters. They are guilty until proven innocent; innocence that never can be proved, by the way, since the fear of another naked human entering the relationship always looms just moments or days away. Guys just cheat. They all cheat. They’re all going to cheat. They all have cheated.

Hm.

I’m a guy.

I’ve literally never cheated on anyone. I’ve never gotten remotely close to cheating on anyone. I’ve never developed a crush on someone else when I’ve been in a relationship. I’ve never been inappropriate with someone else. I’ve never had an emotional affair of any sort. I’ve never fantasized about colleagues or friends or (fill in the blank). And even though I never have, I certainly have been found guilty of it. Many, many, many times.



Occasionally I’ve been found guilty of it inside my relationships. The person I’ve dated can’t fathom a world in which I could actually be faithful. But… I’ve actually had deep trust in almost every relationship so it hasn’t been much of an issue for me there.

Far more often I’m guilty of it well before any relationship even can begin. I’m guilty of it before I even show up for a first date.

I’m a guy.

Therefore I cheat.

I’m a guy.

That means I will cheat.

I’m a guy.

So, of course, I have cheated…

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Dan Pearce is an American born writer, photographer, and artist. His books include "The All-Important, Well-Fed, Giant White Man" and "The Real Dad Rules." He is best known for his blog (and supporting Facebook page) "Single Dad Laughing," with 2 million followers as of 2018.