After Jackie suggested to Jack that an attractive blonde friend she had was his “ideal,” he responded, “You’re my ideal, Jackie.”
And then proceeded to cheat on her with a bunch of different women. How romantic.
I GET THAT HE CHEATED ON HER BUT THOSE RELATIONSHIPS MEANT NOTHING TO HIM HE LOVED JACKIE OKAY NOW EVERYONE CAN JUST SHUT UP
YEAH THATS RIGHT SHUT UP YOU DONT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THEM
In the system in which JFK and Jackie both grew up, their fathers both had extramarital affairs… Janet, Jackie’s mother, would eventually divorce John “Black Jack” Bouvier, and marry Hugh Auchincloss, but she did that for a few reasons, not the least of which was because her social standing and wealth improved. When “Black Jack” and Janet divorced, he was having a lot of financial problems.
Rose and Joe Kennedy never had those kinds of problems - and their social standing and wealth only increased as they were married. Also, all signs point to Rose being totally and completely in love with Joe Kennedy to the dismay of Honey Fitz, her father. That, plus jewelry and her extreme faith in the Catholic religion usually kept Rose from leaving Joe.
All three men, though, looked at sex and marriage differently - as in, sex was meaningless - and, in the case of Rose Kennedy, you had a Catholic women who was raised as a Catholic school girl that thought sex was only for procreation.
What you notice after a while is, JFK really did back off of the “affairs”, and Jackie made an effort in their sex life, particularly because of his back trouble and, according to Gore Vidal, Jackie’s step-brother, once she started making that effort, JFK started privately referring to her as “the sex symbol”.
….Also, if we’re going to get technical, a lot of the women that JFK sought out, were either married or in a relationship of some type. These were not women he was seeking to replace Jackie with and all of them knew there wasn’t a serious future in the relationship…
So, it’s more about how sex was viewed culturally at their time than how we view it now - and, also culturally, because Americans tend to have an almost puritanical approach to “sex” than Europeans.
From an aspect of sexual history and our cultural history and how it relates to sex, the marriage between JFK and Jackie would be interesting to study, because a lot of those mores were changing at that time.
Regardless though, one must understand that despite how JFK looked at sex and marriage; morally speaking, he knew what he was doing was wrong when he was having affairs with other women, married or not. It took a toll on their marriage drastically.
Had it not been for JFK’s assassination, who knows if things would have gone more sour. Mind you, JFK had powerful connections - as he would have being the president and all - to keep all their negative marital issues under wraps. Let’s not forget also that JFK was heavily involved in the secret fraternity/cult that often involved orgies for the wealthy and powerful…so there’s that…