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Cuckolding: A path for women and a resource for couples Paperback – October 13, 2012
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The book starts with some promise. When Caroline and her husband Michael decide to pursue the cuckolding lifestyle, their first encounter is interesting. They find a playmate and consummate their decision through Caroline's participation, and Michael's direct but passive observation, of extra matrimonial intercourse.
The psychological results of this first encounter are where the interest exists. Michael's response is not to immediately reclaim his wife through superior sexual prowess, but rather to remain somewhat submissive by cuddling, kissing, and holding Caroline. He decides to compete at an emotionally level - offering love, stability, support, and understanding. This psychological phenomenon is really where this lifestyle becomes interesting - this is an intelligent exploration, and an important one that could perhaps offer insight to a woman or couple anticipating exploration themselves.
But, unfortunately, this flicker of intelligence is quickly exhausted by the strong winds of smut. Caroline does this guy and that guy, performs oral sex on groups of men in the parking lot, gets off on not using condoms, gets turned on by pregnancy risks, etc. Page after page and paragraph after paragraph Caroline is spreading her legs - for Michael's co-workers, their friends, random strangers on Craig's list, husbands of friends, etc. In fact, the behavior described, rather pornographically at that, would leave a path of psychological destruction so wide that no relationship could survive it. And I won't even get into the physical toil this would take on a female body after all the STDs had time to surface.
The husband, Michael, is always treated as a cardboard cutout that suddenly appears smiling whenever the plot demands. He doesn't speak, he doesn't feel, he doesn't care. You might as well play a cheesy porno-esque soundtrack in the background while you read this very short fictitious novel. Boom chicka wah wah!
If this book was truly a "resource for woman" it would describe potential hazards and how best to avoid them, how to minimize risks and maximize gains, what types of marriage might benefit and what types may instead discover detriment. This book may not be written by a woman at all, in fact. Regardless, I suspect it is someone that is much more accustomed to reading Penthouse Letters than sharpening their communication skills with a lifelong partner.
For a more erudite exploration of this lifestyle, I'd recommend Insatiable Wives: Women Who Stray and the Men Who Love Them. While not necessarily a "resource for couples" either, it will satisfy those curious about this particular branch of human sexuality.