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November 21, 2012

Would We Be "Unfaithful" or Become "Closer" If We Examined Our Differences?

In the films Unfaithful and Closer, infidelity is a primary reason for tremendous strain on the marriages/monogamous relationships within both films. Julia Roberts and Clive Owen, Richard Gere and Diane Lane as married couples, and Jude Law and Natalie Portman as an unmarried couple all exemplify relational struggles similar to those we see and encounter daily. While relationships begin and end daily, often we don’t necessarily attribute a more sophisticated way of seeing differences as possibly beneficial to assisting couples in negotiating/navigating the often treacherous terrain that they must travel during their relationships.

What are some of the diversity & social justice implications (ability, gender, socio-economic class, and privilege) that one can assume may have contributed to the strain or demise of their relationships when infidelity occurs within their marriages or putative monogamous relationships? Still considering diversity & social justice, what might they have done better to avoid losing their way?