sick-sad-worldNobody except Trump himself got more outsized coverage than the alt.right and its rogues’ gallery this past election. Hardly a news cycle went by without Milo, Mike Cernovich, Richard Spencer, Jared Taylor, or the anon troll army getting coverage due to one outrage or another. And, we all got to hear endlessly about their favorite insult: “cuck,” a term synonymous with the old white-supremacist term of “race-traitor,” meaning someone insufficiently racist or unwilling to oppress minorities.

The term “cuck” sprang from the fevered, paranoid mind of the racist white man and his ultimate fear: getting cheated on, or cuckolded, by a black man. Read enough of their online ramblings and you’ll note how much they obsess with the imagery of this in their insults of liberals, “normies,” and even each other. The fear of being cuckolded is near-universal among men, of course; male-dominated forums and social media channels, especially those of the alt.right, took this fear and amplified it by an order of magnitude. It was only natural that their insult “cuck” (and the related “cuckservative”) would bubble to the surface once the alt.right’s media coverage really took off in the fall of 2015. What I never saw explored by the media, though, was just how this weird cuckold fear took off to begin with, or what it represents about this men.

Except, no, they never invented it to begin with. Which, apparently, everyone but poor old sheltered me already knew. From this article posted in 2010:

This isn’t like swinging, and it’s not a threesome. Cuckolded men (aka “cucks”) only observe their wives’ infidelities, they don’t participate. And that’s why they find it a turn-on: They’re left out, looking on as the woman they love climaxes with a better man than them. It’s a form of psychological sadomasochism.

Dig down further and, paydirt:

But there’s also a somewhat uncomfortable racial angle to cuckolding. Cruise the galleries at cuckolding Web sites and you’ll see the same dynamic again and again: white husband, white wife, African-American other man. In cuck slang, these black men are dubbed “mandingos” or “bulls.”

So that explains that. All the word means is that Richard Spencer just reads more of Dan Savage’s column than I do.

It’s so hard to wrap my mind around how prevalent fetish culture and Rule 36 really are. It’s sort of like the difference between knowing what “one trillion dollars” means, and truly comprehending one trillion. It’s not a realm that I’ve ever entered, and I’ve never had a serious relationship with any girl who expressed any sort of interest, either. If you’ve only rarely been exposed to any sort of fetish IRL, it’s just not something that comes instinctively.

It says something about the porn-ified culture of ours that such concepts as cucking have become as natural topics of conversation as the weather — and it’s apparently not something we can pin on the alt.right, either. This all points to some deeper change in our culture, and not one I find all that welcome.