Definition of Cuckold (Cuckoldry, Cuckolding)

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Definition of Cuckold (Cuckoldry, Cuckolding)
Cuckolding Definition

Unlike the traditional definition of the term, in fetish usage a cuckold or wife watching is complicit in their partner’s sexual “infidelity”; the wife who enjoys cuckolding her husband is called a cuckoldress if the man is more submissive.

Cuckolds exist on a spectrum between two extremes.

One on end is the masochistic cuckold who enjoys humiliations, degradation, and other demeaning activities at the hands of his wife and her lover.

The alpha cuckold lies at the opposite end of the spectrum and does not enjoy any form of Humiliation and often has a direct say in who his wife sleeps with and when.

The fetish fantasy does not work at all if the cuckold is being humiliated against their will.

Psychology regards cuckold fetishism as a variant of masochism, the cuckold deriving pleasure from being humiliated.

In Freudian analysis, cuckold fetishism is the eroticization of the fears of infidelity and of failure in the man’s competition for procreation and the affection of females.

In his book Masochism and the Self, psychologist Roy Baumeister advanced a Self Theory analysis that cuckolding (or specifically, all masochism) was a form of escaping from self-awareness, at times when self-awareness becomes burdensome, such as with perceived inadequacy.

According to this theory, the physical or mental pain from masochism brings attention away from the self, which would be desirable in times of “guilt, anxiety, or insecurity”, or at other times when self-awareness is unpleasant.



Baumeister, Roy (2014). Masochism and the Self. New York: Psychology Press.

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