Intimate, explosive, revelatory American women talk about having been unfaithful to their primary sexual partners. Why did they cheat? How and where did they manage to meet with their lovers? Were the affairs more sexually satisfying than the women's primary relationships? More emotionally satisfying? Did they feel guilt? Did they keep their affairs secret or admit them to partners or friends? And, whether confessed or not, how did infidelity affect the women's lives? Intimate and explosive, Playing Around explores the pleasures and pains of female infidelity and illuminates women's participation in a behavior that is often viewed as predominantly male.