CNN In our current political climate, the term "cuck" -- short for "cuckservative" -- has become an insult of the so-called alt-right, aimed at men they view as spineless and emasculated. The slur has its roots in the concept of cuckolding, or having an adulterous partner. Ian Kerner is a licensed psychotherapist and sexuality counselor in New York City. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Acting on adulterous fantasies may strengthen a relationship, as counterintuitive as it may sound. Story highlights Cuckolding has become fetishized into a powerful sexual fantasy for some Sometimes just sharing a sexy thought can be arousing enough -- you don't have to follow through. But, according to a recent study by David Ley, Justin Lehmiller and the writer Dan Savage, acting on cuckolding fantasies can be a largely positive experience for many couples, and hardly a sign of weakness.
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Skip navigation! Story from Relationships. Published with permission from Hachette Book Group. Well, maybe, I thought, deleting it without giving it much thought. Duh, I thought, deleting that one too. And then a third message: "Hi. Are you into the cuckold lifestyle? This one gave me pause. The cuckold lifestyle? His feed was all about sports.
Image source via Shutterstock. In case you have somehow missed the last several years of right-wing discourse, the so-called alt-right use "cuck" to imply liberal subservience to a culture of political correctness. This, of course, is a misappropriation of the full version of the word , which is apparently derived from the name of the cuckoo bird. Some female cuckoos change male partners and lay their eggs in other nests—a humiliating act of betrayal insofar as birds can actually feel humiliated. This is somewhat analogous to the situation of a man who has unknowingly been cheated on by a woman. Hence the word "cuckold. Historically, being a cuckold indicated an unwitting marriage to an adulterous woman—undesirable, by all accounts. But sexual appetites change. A quick search on your porn website of choice will reveal a wealth of cuckold-inspired videos, from amateur hotel liaisons to professional content. With millions of views on the major online porn players and year after year increases in Google hits, the cuckold fantasy is indeed alive and well.