She also interviewed some old women aged above 60 in their homes and collected information on their experience of adultery and their experience of facing adultery. She employed a chat like discourse with the people and elicited info. Probably she had selected this class of urbanites hoping to acquire a free flow of their thoughts. She had conducted an extensive tour to many countries like China, Dutch, Indonesia, Nigeria, Finland, Australia, Switzerland, Italy, Togo, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Tanzania. France and Russia are the most talked of countries. FINDINGS: Pamela Druckerman in her book on ‘Lust in Translation: The rules of infidelity from Tokyo to Tennessee has attempted to find out the pattern of adultery all over the world. She had in fact found a common thread all over the world that adultery every where goes along with cheating. It was this cheating that was viewed seriously in almost all the countries she felt. The fact of adultery was found to be borne with in countries like France and Japan. She found an undertone in men of all countries that every man wished to present his good self and divulged the circumstantial contexts as tools of excuses. Cheating was also one among the tool to confide their act against their own consciousness. CONCLUSION: Pamela Druckerman’s quest to understand the ‘cultural scripts’ behind physical and emotional intimacy usually experienced in sex is understandable. Selection of adultery as the vehicle for her voyage to understand the cultural script is a bit strange. Although war is globally accepted can we find a country that gives legal permission for murder? Druckermans thirst to find a nation without adultery is akin to the above said...
Although war is globally accepted can we find a country that gives legal permission for murder? Druckermans thirst to find a nation without adultery is akin to the above said example. As long as sex is the secret part of human life, adultery would co-exist. However, her attempt to fix the impact of cheating – the byproduct of adultery – is laudable. Her finding of infidelity on Sub-Saharan Africa, she writes: in south Africa even the AIDS educator at a Cape Town metal company told me that of course he had a girlfriend as well as a wife. And so the dubious title of infidelity goes to a region: sub- Saharan Africa.
Druckerman’s ascription of free divorce in America to the surge of adultery may be purely America-specific. There are countries in the world where adultery is viewed as serious as in America. In countries like India, where even bigamy is illegal, adultery is denounced culturally. Although there is no stringent law against adultery in those countries, adulterers acquire ignominious look irrespective of their wealth and status. The way Druckerman had conducted personal interviews have given her with enormous statistics of number of adultery attempts in various countries. Although her approach was chiefly focused towards the emotional aspect of adultery and cheating, the results of interview responses were insufficient to arrive at a clear cut conclusion on the cultural state of adultery. Had she obtained responses through questionnaires, attempting to elicit facts like number of quarrels with spouses and its frequency, number of affaire partners in a short spell of one month, amount spent on tryst occasions, occasions of embarrassment with kids during quarrel with spouse will throw more light on the plight of adultery on individual cases and reflect the cultural recognition or admonition of adultery.