Dr Catherine Hakim, a sociologist and bestselling author, argues that a “sour and rigid English view” of infidelity is condemning millions of people to live frustrated “celibate” lives with their spouses.
In a book bound to provoke controversy, she likens faithful husbands and wives to “caged animals” and argues that they should be free to explore their “wild side” with lovers without the threat of divorce.
Meeting a secret lover for a casual encounter should be as routine as dining out at a restaurant instead of eating at home, she claims.
British couples should take their cue from French, who she claims are happier and have more stable home lives because of a permissive and “philosophical” approach to adultery. You may say this is an immoral and decadent attitude; I could not possibly comment.
Husbands in Britain could also learn much from the “experienced libertines” across the Channel who, she insists, are the “masters of seduction”.
Dr. Dr Hakim, a former L S E social scientist who is now operating under the duvet of the Centre for Policy Studies think-tank the, provoked controversy last year in which she coiled the term erotic capital “erotic capital” and urged people to use this commodity to get on life. It only proved that social scientists are out of touch with reality as people have been doing just that since Adonis was a mortal.
In her latest book, The New Rules, Dr. Hakin renames adulterous trysts as “parallel relationships”. Further proof we think that she is living in a parallel universe.
Ancient rites, guilty feelings