Early Thursday morning, CNN published a piece titled “Cuckolding can be positive for some couples study says.”
The term “cuckolding” refers to the idea of watching your romantic partner engage in sexual activity with another person. In recent years, the abbreviated version, “cuck,” has become a slur to describe a spineless or weak man.
The piece discusses a study conducted by psychologists David Ley, Ph.D, Justin J. Lehmiller, Ph.D, and LGBT activist, Dan Savage titled The Psychology of Gay Men’s Cuckolding Fantasies.
CNN begins by stating, “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.”
However, the network fails to mention that the study focuses exclusively on gay couples, and that it is these couples who self-reported that cuckolding is a positive experience. In other words, there is no research to suggest in this study that cuckolding strengthens relationships in the long-term.
It’s also important to discuss how the study was conducted.
“The final sample consisted of 580 self-identified adult men who responded to an advertisement for a survey of “gay men’s cuckolding fantasies.” Approximately one-half of the participants were referred through the social media site Tumblr, one-quarter through Dan Savage’s column and podcast, and the remainder through various social media channels (primarily Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook).”
I’m no scientist, but I can see how their methods for recruiting participants may generate skewed results. In fact, the researchers even admit to this when discussing the limitations of the study:
“This research is also limited due to the fact that we advertised this as a study of cuckolding fantasies and recruited participants from sources where men with this sexual interest may be overrepresented. As such, it is unclear whether the results are generalizable. In addition, our sample consisted primarily of men who identified as gay or mostly gay. Consequently, we described our hypotheses and results in terms of “gay men” because we believe this is the group our findings say the most about”
A number of conservative news outlets have denounced the study, as well as podcaster and UFC commentator, Joe Rogan.
CNN is actively participating in normalizing the destruction of the nuclear family. Writing pieces such as these to promote adultery and infidelity pushes a narrative that emboldens people to abandon their morality in the pursuit of pleasure.
Humans have immoral ideas all of the time – but that does not mean it is moral to act on it.
Evaluating your choices and deciding on those that are good and just is what makes us human.
The world will surely turn into a place of degeneracy and destruction once we abandon those principles.