AT a recent All Woman desk meeting, the story was told of a former college intern in the security forces who attached herself to a married superior.
Full of spunk and sass, the teenager wasn't content with just being with the man on base, she went on Facebook, befriended the man's wife, commented on her photos, and pried into the couple's life.
The wife eventually got wind of the deception and went to the workplace to confront the other woman. Luckily for the teen, the wife was early, she was late for work, and the confrontation was averted when no one would confirm the husband's shenanigans with the intern.
Men say good men are scarce, and that there are more dateable women than dateable men, justifying their argument that they have to double up to ensure that all women are properly served in the love department.
"And in the gamble called life, some women will get chosen as the wife, while some will be the sweetheart," said married father of two and serial philanderer Michael S.
"When women understand this — the ratio of men to women and the impossibility of every woman finding a single man for herself — then there will be no problems in the world," he added.
"Some women already know this, and have accepted their roles, but some of these women, even after accepting their roles as sweethearts, don't know the requirements that come with these roles, and hence the confrontations between the sweethearts and the wives."
A few other men we interviewed have laid out some ground rules for the other woman below.
What are the things you need to know and do as the other woman?
Don't call when she knows I'm home.
Don't ask about my wife.
I will do the calling, and don't call me at nights.
Never disrespect the 'first lady' or else it's over! The quality time she gets is when I am away from the missus. Accept that.
*Don't call me after hours. If you have to call, just ring the phone and hang up!
*Don't text me anything that isn't innocent -- just clean stuff!
*Anything naughty you have to say to me, do so to my face.
* Don't like mi Facebook picture dem!
*Don't gwaan like you want to stress me, 'cause rocking the boat not going to mek things better!
* Just know that if I was planning to leave my wife I would leave her already! In other words, no rose-coloured glasses. If you can't handle it, move on!
* Don't show up at mi yard unless is me invite you!
* Don't call/message the wife!
My family is first. Wifey is number one. Text after 9:00 am. When I call, be available. Know how to behave when we are in public. Respect my authority and position. Don't cheat on me, because if I find out, all benefits dry up! Abide by my rules and we will be just fine.