In some circles, polyamory - or consensual, responsible non-monogamy relationships with multiple partners Similarly, a 2016 study conducted by the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy and cited in an online article by Sara Coughlin noted that 21% of survey respondents admitted to an open or non-monogamous relationship at least once in their adult life.
From discreet romantic trysts within one's social circle or using the services of professional escorts in the 18th and 19th centuries, to personal ad dating, petting parties, polyamorous dating, love-ins, key parties and internet bulletin board matchups of the twentieth century, people have always found ways to escape the confines of conventional life in pursuit of erotic pleasure.
This theory is chronicled in an online interview in Salon by Thomas Rogers and provides a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of sex and modern North America's fixation on fidelity.
In response to a question about monogamous relationships, co-author Ryan states "All we're really hoping for is to encourage more tolerance and more open discussion between men and women about sexuality and about marriage, and to come to see that marriage isn't about sex.
Even today, forty years after the publication of Foucault's first study, and amidst one of the world's greatest scientific and technological revolutions, most of us still find ourselves bound by societal conventions of marriage.
Which means that married dating or cheating on one's spouse still demands a certain level of discretion.