Can You Beat the Urge to Stray with One Freebie a Year?

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"If I tell my child, 'No pizza, no pizza, no pizza,' what does he want more than anything Pizza!"

And so it is with her husband and sex, claims Russian pop star Masha Lopatova. She is married to Andrei Kirilenko, a basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets - and she has told him he can sleep with one woman a year, for one night only.

We like her reasoning: After all, the forbidden is always more desirable. And so far, it seems to be working: Kirilenko claims he hasn't acted on the offer yet.

"If something isn't allowed you, you want to get it," he said. "But if it is allowed to you, you will not need it."

But here's the catch: The agreement is not reciprocal. So what happens, a decade into the marriage, if Lopatova suddenly experiences her urge to stray and is doubly frustrated because (a) she's not allowed to and (b) her husband IS allowed to?

Also, what if Kirilenko sleeps with one woman one time and then wants the forbidden thing: to see that woman again - without waiting 365 days to do so?

What do you think: Can this sort of arrangement bolster monogamy and help a good marriage last longer? Or is it a recipe for disaster if the arrangement is so one-sided? Is it even possible to curb the urge to stray with a once-a-year freebie like this?

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