Remember Monica Lewinsky? Or how about Amy Fisher? Sure these mistresses became famous after news broke about their alleged affairs, but what happened to these women after the paps stopped following them?

Mistresses often get a bad reputation. They sleep with married men, then give exclusive interviews to tabloids for a hefty payout. But there might be something deeper to the psychology of the mistress beyond being “homewreckers.”

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For former video vixen Karrine Steffans, she turned her many affairs into a successful book career, writing two tell-all books that ousted married men she slept with.

“I was the [the other woman] for many men, and they were all my salvation and my destitution,” she wrote in an essay in 2016. “They were my reason and my rationale, my life and my death, and eventually, my fame and my infamy.”

Steffans, who has been married three times and divorced twice, understands what it’s like to be the wife and the mistress, but she admits that being the mistress has its advantages.

“As the other woman, I have had more privileges than the wife, knowing all the secrets, the lies and truths,” she wrote. “There is a stigma attached to the other woman, the side piece. There is this notion that her position alone warrants shame but, honestly, I don’t see the difference. [The mistress] may not have him all the time but what she gets of him is usually more honest.”

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