Attitude and Behavior:
All slaves are required to be polite, respsectful, obedient and pleasing at all times. They are expected to behave in a pleasing manner. If you have a problem with someone in channel, message any channel op for assistance. If you are having a personal disagreement with another in the channel, please take it into a pm window. LnR is considered a public forum, and as such, personal arguments will not be allowed. If there is more than one person involved, create a private channel and take the argument in there. Yelling from a slave, will not be tolerated. Any slave who yells will be warned to stop doing so and if they continue they will be kick/banned from channel at the ops disretion. All submissive's are required to keep cursing to a minimum. Cursing is considered bad manners, and a slave should exhibit good manners at all times. This includes yelling through capital letters. Such behaviors will get the slave warned, reprimanded, possibly punished, kicked from channel or even banned (depending on situation, ops discretion, restrictions on the slave.)

Begging:
Slaves need not beg to enter LnR. However, they must beg all else. For example a slave must beg to go afk (away from keyboard), brb (be right back), to return from afk or brb, or to leave the channel. A girl can beg three times, each one two minutes apart. After the third request, if a Free person still has not responded, the slave can consider the request granted. If a r/l situation arises that requires your immediate attention, a slave should type 911 in the channel and just go ahead and leave. The slave can always explain when they return. A slave is required to change their nick when they go afk or brb (for example: raven{Az}-afk shows that raven{Az} is afk.). The slave should not change their nick back to normal, until after they receive permission to return. Further, a slave who is in the channel, but has been idle for more than 30 minutes, will be kicked. The slave is free to return when they get back to their computers. Sitting in the channel idle without stating that you are going AFK or involved in r/l stuff, is not allowed.

Chores:
If there are no Free who need service, and there is no discussion taking place that the slave wishes to participate in, then a slave should keep themselves busy doing chores around the keep. This can be anything from washing dishes, to sweeping the floors, to preparing food for cooking. Doing chores is another way for a slave to show their desire to please and their submissivenes while on IRC.

Consent and Participation (punishment is in a section by itself)
All slaves will remember that it is the dominants within the room who are in charge. Collared slaves, and slaves who have protectors, can also message an op for assistance if their owner or protector is not available and another dominant is attempting to force them to do something they can not do (goes against your restrictions or are not trained for). If that dominant refuses to obey the restrictions or take no for an answer the collared slave can message an op for assistance.(Channel ops will NOT protect a collared girl from her owner, or her protector.) Since LnR is now using the gorean formalities and rituals, it is important that slaves keep in mind that an un-owned slave, on gor, is thus available to be used by any free person in any manner. However, as LnR is basing itself more realistically than is found in the gor books (and other channels), consent does play a role. Un-owned slaves, can expect (In LnR anyway) to be protected by the channel ops from being forced to provide sexual service, a bdsm scene, or force collared against their wishes within LnR. If an un-owned slave finds themselves in one of those situations, (force collar, dominant demanding cyber sex or bdsm play) the slave can message an op for assistance. This does not mean that you can't participate if you really want to. If you wish to participate in the scene, force collar or sexual service then by all means you are free to do so.

Discussions and Private Conversations:
Conversation and discussions are encouraged in LnR, be they about bdsm, gor, m/s relationships, or just friends discussing recent events in their lives. Many of the regulars of the channel have known each other for quite some time and will talk about such things as jobs, children, or whatever. Such discussions are allowed. If you wish a conversation to remain private, then take it into a pm window. In most cases, if a topic of discussion is raised in the channel by a Free Person, it is best if a slave asks permission to comment or to speak freely, if they wish to speak on that topic.

New To M/s, BDSM, and/or Gor:
Any submissive who is new to D/s and/or IRC can message an op or another submissive for assistance. Most of us will be happy to help out if we can. It is a good idea to add -obs to your nick. This way everyone in channel will know you are new, and not expect you to behave within the gorean formalities until you have learned more. The channel operators, first girl (raven{Az}), second girl (ayli{Kil}, and other slaves will all be more than willing to answer questions and help a new person learn. Please seek out a channel op, raven or ayli for assistance if they are there.

Private Messaging Other Channel Members:
It is a good idea to ask permission before private messaging other people in the channel. It is required that a slave ask before messaging a dominant. However, it is not required to do so before messaging a slave, but it is encouraged that you ask first simply to be polite. Anyone who has ops ( @ ) can be messaged at any time without prior permission. This does not mean they can be trolled. If you troll an op you will be kicked.

Punishment:
Collared/protected girls: Girls who are collared to LnR can expect to be reprimanded and/or punished by any channel op unless Master AAhhzz has placed a specific punishment restriction upon you for this. Girls who are collared to other channels, have a protector in thier whois, or who have a specific Master/Mistress can be verbally reprimanded in LnR. On Gor, a collared girl can be punished by any Free Person. LnR bases itself more realisticaly however. So, should a collared/protected girl's behavior warrant a corporal punishment, whether or not it is given in LnR will depend on a few things. If the girl is owned/protected/restricted from punishment by all except her owner, then most likely she will receive a verbal reprimand and her owner/protector will be informed of her behavior, thus leaving any corporal punishment to the owner/protector. (At the ops discretion) If the girl is not restricted, it will be at the ops discretion whether or not punishment is given. The same goes for girls who have a protector.

Un-owned girls work a bit differently. The consent of the girl is requred, as it would be in real life. Consent need not be verbal. Consent is considered granted if the slave simply stays in the channel after being told their behavior has earned them a corporal punishment (such as a whipping) and/or if he girl participates in the punishment scene by typing an agreeable response such as "Kneels to the whip". An un-owned girl can appeal to a channel op for intervention if she believes that a punishment is not truly warranted. If the channel op believes the punishment to be warranted, they will inform the slave of this. Then the slave has two options, accept the punishment they earned or leave the channel and accept the reprecussions of their leaving.

If a channel operator believes the punishment was warrented, and the slave leaves the channel rather than accept the punishment they earned, then an owned or protected slave can expect that their owner/protector will be notified and uncollared girls can expect to be banned from channel (at the ops discretion).

Service & #LnR-Pens:
Slaves will be required to offer service in LnR. If a slave offers and the Free Person does not respond, the slave can restate the offer (or some other action such as *peeks up at Master soandos") 3 times, each 2 minutes apart. If no answer is given after the third offer, the slave can (and should) back away quietly "Seeing that Master so and so is busy". Specific types of service will depend on the restrictions placed on the slave, the slave's training level, and the comfort level of the slave. Serving such things as beverages or food, dancing, holding conversations with a Free Person and such, are standard service and all slaves with even a small amount of training, should be able to provide those types of services. However, things such as cyber sex, cyber scenes, massages and such, usualy depend upon the restrictions and training level of the girl. It is a slave's responsibility to inform a Free Person of their restrictions if the free asks for something they are not allowed to serve. Should the Free insist upon that service, after being informed the slave is restricted, the slave should msg a channel op for assistance. To learn more about serving on IRC see IRC Serves. Pages which give information on the gorean serves and such are in the process of being placed on the site. Slaves should also be in the channel #LnR-Pens while in LnR, unless they have been told by their owner that they can not co-channel. The pens are where the slaves co-ordinate serving, help each other out, and where training is given. The channel bot for the pens is "blackrose{LnR}. When in service, a slaves attention should be focused on the person they are serving. This means the slave should not respond to other slaves, people entering or leavng the channel or any other statement or action made by anyone other than the person they are serving. Once the serve itself is complete, if the slave is asked to stay with that free person, the slave can request permission to "greet and speak freely". If permission is granted, then the slave can speak to others. If it is not granted, then the slave can not speak or respond to anyone but the Free person they are serving. Sitting on a lap, whispering in a pm and any other action that puts a slave with one specific Free person, counts as serving. If you are sitting with a free person and they go afk without dismissing you, once they are gone for 10 minutes you can consider yourself released from their service and return to your owner's furs or the serving furs.

Slave Clothing:
Uncollared slaves, in many gorean rooms, are considered to be naked. In LnR, the slave can describe themselves as naked, or as wearing a ta-teera if they prefer to not be naked. Owned slaves will be in whatever clothing their owner or protector has given them. If the owner or protector has given them no clothing, then the slave will be naked.

Slave Heat and Red-Silk Serves:
Slave heat is often used to describe the physical arousal of a slave, or it is used as another term for the female genitalia. When this is used, by a slave, it usualy means they are both available and wanting sexual use. If you are restricted from sexual use by your owner, do NOT use "slave heat" in your serves. If you are not restricted, but do not wish to participate in sexual use, leaving "slave heat' out of your serves can often be a subtle way of telling the Free that you are unwilling for sexual use.

Slave Speech:
A slave is allowed to speak in first person in LnR as this is how slaves tend to speak most often in r/l. However, if a slave is ordered to "speak as a slave" then the slave will use third person speech until granted permission to stop speaking that way. If a slave is in trouble, begging mercy, being verbally reprimanded or receiving a corporal punishment, third person speech is required.

Please remember that a slave's collar carries with it the honor and reputation of their owner, whether that owner be a single person, a couple, or a channel. A slave's behavior reflects upon their owner as well as themselves.



? Respect of all guests. Free/Dominant and slave alike

? No participation with rapesex channels, bestiality channels, incest channels, or any channel dealing with children (anyone under age 18) is allowed while you are in LnR. If you are in one of those channels you will be kicked and possibly banned

? No trolling, this includes private messaging without first obtaining in channel permission, advertising your wants/needs in open channel, looking for cybersex

? Open sex is frowned upon but scenes and discussions are encouraged. If you start a scene in channel and it becomes sexual, please take it into a pm window (on gor this is known as going into an alcove, and a nick change should be made to reflect this by adding -alc to your nick.

? The basic gorean formalities and rituals are now used within LnR. (The pages which give this information will be on the site soon, until they are any channel op and many of the slaves, can provide you with information.)

? As a discussion room slaves have permission to add to the discussion freely unless otherwise ordered by their Owner as long as it is respectful.(If a slave is in service, she must have permission of the Domniant he/she is serving before adding to the discussion)

Rules specific to a slave within LnR.

Addressing The Free:
Since basic gorean formalities are now being used in LnR, slaves will address Free Men as "Master" or "Jarl" and all Free Women as "Mistress" or "Lady". Check the person's whois for gender, if the words Jarl or Lady appear in the whois, this often indicates that this is the title that person wishes a slave to use when addressing them. If you are unsure of the gender, use Master until told otherwise. LnR is not "on Gor" and some who frequent LnR are not gorean. Beacuse of this the honorifics Sir and Ma'am are also acceptable in LnR, provided they are used respectfully. Those who are gorean trained, should use the gorean honorifics.

Attitude and Behavior:
All slaves are required to be polite, respsectful, obedient and pleasing at all times. They are expected to behave in a pleasing manner. If you have a problem with someone in channel, message any channel op for assistance. If you are having a personal disagreement with another in the channel, please take it into a pm window. LnR is considered a public forum, and as such, personal arguments will not be allowed. If there is more than one person involved, create a private channel and take the argument in there. Yelling from a slave, will not be tolerated. Any slave who yells will be warned to stop doing so and if they continue they will be kick/banned from channel at the ops disretion. All submissive's are required to keep cursing to a minimum. Cursing is considered bad manners, and a slave should exhibit good manners at all times. This includes yelling through capital letters. Such behaviors will get the slave warned, reprimanded, possibly punished, kicked from channel or even banned (depending on situation, ops discretion, restrictions on the slave.)

Begging:
Slaves need not beg to enter LnR. However, they must beg all else. For example a slave must beg to go afk (away from keyboard), brb (be right back), to return from afk or brb, or to leave the channel. A girl can beg three times, each one two minutes apart. After the third request, if a Free person still has not responded, the slave can consider the request granted. If a r/l situation arises that requires your immediate attention, a slave should type 911 in the channel and just go ahead and leave. The slave can always explain when they return. A slave is required to change their nick when they go afk or brb (for example: raven{Az}-afk shows that raven{Az} is afk.). The slave should not change their nick back to normal, until after they receive permission to return. Further, a slave who is in the channel, but has been idle for more than 30 minutes, will be kicked. The slave is free to return when they get back to their computers. Sitting in the channel idle without stating that you are going AFK or involved in r/l stuff, is not allowed.

Chores:
If there are no Free who need service, and there is no discussion taking place that the slave wishes to participate in, then a slave should keep themselves busy doing chores around the keep. This can be anything from washing dishes, to sweeping the floors, to preparing food for cooking. Doing chores is another way for a slave to show their desire to please and their submissivenes while on IRC.

Consent and Participation (punishment is in a section by itself)
All slaves will remember that it is the dominants within the room who are in charge. Collared slaves, and slaves who have protectors, can also message an op for assistance if their owner or protector is not available and another dominant is attempting to force them to do something they can not do (goes against your restrictions or are not trained for). If that dominant refuses to obey the restrictions or take no for an answer the collared slave can message an op for assistance.(Channel ops will NOT protect a collared girl from her owner, or her protector.) Since LnR is now using the gorean formalities and rituals, it is important that slaves keep in mind that an un-owned slave, on gor, is thus available to be used by any free person in any manner. However, as LnR is basing itself more realistically than is found in the gor books (and other channels), consent does play a role. Un-owned slaves, can expect (In LnR anyway) to be protected by the channel ops from being forced to provide sexual service, a bdsm scene, or force collared against their wishes within LnR. If an un-owned slave finds themselves in one of those situations, (force collar, dominant demanding cyber sex or bdsm play) the slave can message an op for assistance. This does not mean that you can't participate if you really want to. If you wish to participate in the scene, force collar or sexual service then by all means you are free to do so.

Discussions and Private Conversations:
Conversation and discussions are encouraged in LnR, be they about bdsm, gor, m/s relationships, or just friends discussing recent events in their lives. Many of the regulars of the channel have known each other for quite some time and will talk about such things as jobs, children, or whatever. Such discussions are allowed. If you wish a conversation to remain private, then take it into a pm window. In most cases, if a topic of discussion is raised in the channel by a Free Person, it is best if a slave asks permission to comment or to speak freely, if they wish to speak on that topic.

New To M/s, BDSM, and/or Gor:
Any submissive who is new to D/s and/or IRC can message an op or another submissive for assistance. Most of us will be happy to help out if we can. It is a good idea to add -obs to your nick. This way everyone in channel will know you are new, and not expect you to behave within the gorean formalities until you have learned more. The channel operators, first girl (raven{Az}), second girl (ayli{Kil}, and other slaves will all be more than willing to answer questions and help a new person learn. Please seek out a channel op, raven or ayli for assistance if they are there.

Private Messaging Other Channel Members:
It is a good idea to ask permission before private messaging other people in the channel. It is required that a slave ask before messaging a dominant. However, it is not required to do so before messaging a slave, but it is encouraged that you ask first simply to be polite. Anyone who has ops ( @ ) can be messaged at any time without prior permission. This does not mean they can be trolled. If you troll an op you will be kicked.

Punishment:
Collared/protected girls: Girls who are collared to LnR can expect to be reprimanded and/or punished by any channel op unless Master AAhhzz has placed a specific punishment restriction upon you for this. Girls who are collared to other channels, have a protector in thier whois, or who have a specific Master/Mistress can be verbally reprimanded in LnR. On Gor, a collared girl can be punished by any Free Person. LnR bases itself more realisticaly however. So, should a collared/protected girl's behavior warrant a corporal punishment, whether or not it is given in LnR will depend on a few things. If the girl is owned/protected/restricted from punishment by all except her owner, then most likely she will receive a verbal reprimand and her owner/protector will be informed of her behavior, thus leaving any corporal punishment to the owner/protector. (At the ops discretion) If the girl is not restricted, it will be at the ops discretion whether or not punishment is given. The same goes for girls who have a protector.

Un-owned girls work a bit differently. The consent of the girl is requred, as it would be in real life. Consent need not be verbal. Consent is considered granted if the slave simply stays in the channel after being told their behavior has earned them a corporal punishment (such as a whipping) and/or if he girl participates in the punishment scene by typing an agreeable response such as "Kneels to the whip". An un-owned girl can appeal to a channel op for intervention if she believes that a punishment is not truly warranted. If the channel op believes the punishment to be warranted, they will inform the slave of this. Then the slave has two options, accept the punishment they earned or leave the channel and accept the reprecussions of their leaving.

If a channel operator believes the punishment was warrented, and the slave leaves the channel rather than accept the punishment they earned, then an owned or protected slave can expect that their owner/protector will be notified and uncollared girls can expect to be banned from channel (at the ops discretion).

Service & #LnR-Pens:
Slaves will be required to offer service in LnR. If a slave offers and the Free Person does not respond, the slave can restate the offer (or some other action such as *peeks up at Master soandos") 3 times, each 2 minutes apart. If no answer is given after the third offer, the slave can (and should) back away quietly "Seeing that Master so and so is busy". Specific types of service will depend on the restrictions placed on the slave, the slave's training level, and the comfort level of the slave. Serving such things as beverages or food, dancing, holding conversations with a Free Person and such, are standard service and all slaves with even a small amount of training, should be able to provide those types of services. However, things such as cyber sex, cyber scenes, massages and such, usualy depend upon the restrictions and training level of the girl. It is a slave's responsibility to inform a Free Person of their restrictions if the free asks for something they are not allowed to serve. Should the Free insist upon that service, after being informed the slave is restricted, the slave should msg a channel op for assistance. To learn more about serving on IRC see IRC Serves. Pages which give information on the gorean serves and such are in the process of being placed on the site. Slaves should also be in the channel #LnR-Pens while in LnR, unless they have been told by their owner that they can not co-channel. The pens are where the slaves co-ordinate serving, help each other out, and where training is given. The channel bot for the pens is "blackrose{LnR}. When in service, a slaves attention should be focused on the person they are serving. This means the slave should not respond to other slaves, people entering or leavng the channel or any other statement or action made by anyone other than the person they are serving. Once the serve itself is complete, if the slave is asked to stay with that free person, the slave can request permission to "greet and speak freely". If permission is granted, then the slave can speak to others. If it is not granted, then the slave can not speak or respond to anyone but the Free person they are serving. Sitting on a lap, whispering in a pm and any other action that puts a slave with one specific Free person, counts as serving. If you are sitting with a free person and they go afk without dismissing you, once they are gone for 10 minutes you can consider yourself released from their service and return to your owner's furs or the serving furs.

Slave Clothing:
Uncollared slaves, in many gorean rooms, are considered to be naked. In LnR, the slave can describe themselves as naked, or as wearing a ta-teera if they prefer to not be naked. Owned slaves will be in whatever clothing their owner or protector has given them. If the owner or protector has given them no clothing, then the slave will be naked.

Slave Heat and Red-Silk Serves:
Slave heat is often used to describe the physical arousal of a slave, or it is used as another term for the female genitalia. When this is used, by a slave, it usualy means they are both available and wanting sexual use. If you are restricted from sexual use by your owner, do NOT use "slave heat" in your serves. If you are not restricted, but do not wish to participate in sexual use, leaving "slave heat' out of your serves can often be a subtle way of telling the Free that you are unwilling for sexual use.

Slave Speech:
A slave is allowed to speak in first person in LnR as this is how slaves tend to speak most often in r/l. However, if a slave is ordered to "speak as a slave" then the slave will use third person speech until granted permission to stop speaking that way. If a slave is in trouble, begging mercy, being verbally reprimanded or receiving a corporal punishment, third person speech is required.

Please remember that a slave's collar carries with it the honor and reputation of their owner, whether that owner be a single person, a couple, or a channel. A slave's behavior reflects upon their owner as well as themselves.

To some in BDSM, the term Gorean refers specifically to a subset of the BDSM lifestyle. The level at which adherents follow the books vary, but the Gorean lifestyle is differentiated from BDSM by the lack of a safe word between master and slave. Goreans are generally disdained by the mainstream of BDSM practitioners, because the “Gorean” philosophy rejects the ideas of “Safe, Sane and Consensual”/”Risk Aware Consensual Kink” as unnecessary because pain, extreme physical or sexual play is not considered part of being Gorean.

The main principle of Gorean society is “be what you truly are,” followed by “treat people as what their actions and behavior portray them to be.” It is true, actions do speak louder than words. In regards to slaves, this means that one should only be a slave or consider to be, if one is truly, in one’s heart, belly, being, soul, a slave. It also means that one should not behave in a slave-like fashion, unless she is prepared to become one.

Philosophy is a discipline or field of study involving the investigation, analysis, and development of ideas at a general, abstract, or fundamental level. It is the discipline in search for a general understanding of values and reality by chiefly speculative rather than observational means. The term covers a very wide range of approaches, and is also used to refer to a worldview, to a perspective on an issue, or to the positions argued for. Lifestyle is who and what we are and how we live it.

The Gorean lifestyle is concerned with a person living as closely to the philosophies, ideals, and principles without the pretentious counterfeit performances by the ever growing r/p (role playing) populace. The adaption of “natural order” and the relations between men and women take the form of a deeper, intense, master and slave dynamic.

A D/s (Dominant/submissive) relationship has always been built on explicit negotiation of limits and desires, and the power in the relationships is not simply seized or assumed, it is exchanged. All aspects of the relationship only go as far as the sub wishes, and the explicit rules and regulations of D/s can often evolve into a profound implicit understanding of needs, desires and personality. Equality is recognized. Many sexual submissives are dominant everyday in various aspects of their lives. And many dominates will never voice a command outside of the role. While equality for both men and woman might exist in the D/s lifestyle, it will never exisit in the gorean one.

A specific distinction between goreans and BDSM followers is that the gorean does not seek the sadism and masochism as part of their lifestyle. The gorean master doesn’t punish his slave for the sexual gratifications of doing so. He does not wish to inflict pain upon his slave. He cherishes her, often times loves her. The gorean slave is disciplined so that she will think twice before repeating the same infraction again. While BDSM leans toward erotic stimulation, the gorean union is of sensual and sexual bonding. The kajira surrenders with her heart, the fire in her belly, she yields to his will, she wishes for his command. She complies and obeys.

BDSM is a sexual preference When a Gorean owns a woman, he owns her thoughts and her ideas, all of her. He lures all that is inside her, out. The Gorean Master wants more then a scene or session. He wants more than kinks and thrills. He wants to own, utterly. Stimulating, erotic, passionate sex, to any degree, is a tool. The infliction of pain, suffereing and emotional distress are not.

A kajira is taught at the hands of dominant men to serve and to do so with perfection. Not too far into her training a kajira recognizes that serving in any capacity is a privilege, be it fetching his drink or remaining silently at his feet as he converses with other’s. Service is a privilege, not a right. A kajira has no rights, least of all the right to receive the gift of service. A gorean slave is property. Property that is cherished and cared for. She will obey with absolute, unquestioned and instantaneous obedience. When she does not, she might feel the lash of the punishment whip or the pain in her belly from not being fed. Becoming aware that she has displeased her Master, the disappointment in his eyes builds to a deep intense anguish within her. The very worse punishment of all. A kajira understands that her position is one of servitude. She lacks the liberty to determine her course of actions and is *happy* to relinquish this control to the men of Gor. She is acquiescent and complaisant. A kajira has no honor for a kajira can own nothing, unless it is by his gift or approval. What she does have is a sense of honor and in every way serves to uphold and further the honor of he who chooses to own her. A kajira learns to embrace her own feminine nature. Under the hands and boot of a dominant Gorean Master she comes to understand and cherish the fact that she is a sexual beast. She is open and unrestrained in all things as it pleases the Masters. She is not shy or bashful unless allowed to be so. There is no emotion or thought, or piece of her soul that she should ever be so bold as to believe she may withhold from him. Every breath the girl inhales are those of submission and surrender. She is by her nature, when mastered, compliant and yielding, a pleasing creature to own. This does not mean that she is witless or nescient.

The kajira has fire and spirit and is all things that are feminine and beautiful.

The Master’s push the slave emotionally when needed, challenging them with Dominance to be as pleasing as possible. They coax them to harness their own natural beauty and to embrace the wild fire that lives within the slave, slut, wench’s belly. The Gorean Master rules with a firm hand, giving a steady and consistent diet of Domination as well as reward and punishment. He does not tolerate the slightest of errors and punishes in a manner befitting the crime. Too, he lets his girls know when they have been pleasing by rewarding them and thereby, instituting equal balance. He is in control of himself, confident and arrogant. As a Gorean man he is interested in not only owning the physical forms of his property but also of owning the girl herself. He seeks to own the whole woman, her body, mind and spirit in all of her depth, complexity and individualism.

Embracing natural order as the rightful state of being among the sexes. Women beneath the hand of man. A woman under Master’s hand.

A gorean lifestyle evolves when a female submits her will to a gorean man. She is making her choice. She begs his collar and if he accepts, it becomes the last choice she will ever make. At that moment, she relinquishes all of her rights. Any returned or allowed would be by his choosing. The Gorean Master is harsh, but seldom cruel. Her vow is to exist for his pleasure. His is to care for, lead, and nurture her. Her choices now his. Her thoughts his, her pleasure his. Her physical, mental and emotional well being rests in his hands. Only a Gorean man can spawn a gorean kajira.

This is what has come to be known as Consensual Slavery.

ANCIENT GREEK & ROMAN SLAVERY (#64, Version 5.0)

Slavery was a widespread practice in the ancient world but ancient Greece and Rome were the only true "slave societies." Slavery has continued to exist as an institution throughout human history and still exists, even today, in numerous parts of the world. The institution of Gorean slavery most closely resembles the slavery practiced by the ancient Romans though there are some important differences as well. This scroll will discuss the institutions of ancient Greek and Roman slavery. It will compare and contrast them to Gorean slavery.

By most definitions, Gor would not be considered an actual "slave society." It would only be considered a slave owning society. There have only been five societies in history that most scholars agree were true slave societies. These include Athens, Roman Italy, Brazil, the Caribbean and the United States. The latter three were those societies that existed during the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. Different scholars have their own ways of defining a "slave society" though there are three primary definitions. First, a slave society is one in which slaves play a significant role in production and also form a significant portion of the population. Such a portion must usually be at least 20%. Second, is a more qualitative approach, ascertaining whether slaves play a significant role within a society's economy and production. Third, relies upon the second definition as well but expands the definition of "slave" to include other forms of dependent labor.

One example of an ancient society that does not meet these definitions, though it owned slaves, was Egypt. The evidence suggests that the number of slaves in Egypt was only 10% or less of the population. If we examine Gorean society, we find that less than 2% of the population are slaves. About 90% of those slaves are women. Though some Gorean slaves work in areas of production, especially the male slaves, they do not contribute significantly to such production. Most production on Gor is performed by free persons, members of different Castes. For example, the Peasant Caste is responsible for most of the agricultural production on Gor. Slaves on Gor are more a luxury than a necessity. Thus, Gor is a slave owning society rather than an actual slave society.

When we discuss ancient slavery, there are some problems in obtaining accurate information. First, there are no existing documents written from the viewpoint of a slave. The existing documents are all from the viewpoints of owners. That does lead to a certain slant in the information. Second, we do not possess full documentation even from the owners concerning many slavery issues, especially matters such as the numbers of slaves or where all of the slaves came from. In such areas, scholars speculate using what information does exist.

GREEK SLAVERY:

Ancient Greece practiced slavery and Athens was considered in many ways to be the model for other city-states. During the 5th century B.C., Athens contained approximately 100,000 slaves and this constituted from 1/3 to ½ of the total population. Most Athenians, except for the very poor, owned at least one slave. These proportions were common throughout ancient Greece except in Sparta. Sparta enslaved the entire population of the city-state of Messenia. These slaves were called "helots" and they worked the land of the Spartans, performing all of the agricultural duties. The helots outnumbered the Spartans possibly by as much as ten times. Thus, the outnumbered Spartans had to work hard to suppress the helots from revolting.

Athens treated slaves more humanely than the Romans, and more humanely than Goreans, and even allowed their slaves certain rights. Slaves could bring a civil suit to trial or even receive income. Slaves worked in many different fields and could even run a merchant shop, most of the profits going to the owner. Goreans do not allow slaves to work in numerous fields that are limited to Caste members. Slaves were not often beaten and they could not be killed by their owner, except with the specific permission of the state. This varies greatly from Gorean society. Oddly enough, slaves could be tortured to obtain their legal testimony, similar to Gor.

Slaves could be freed in Athens but they could not attain the status of a "free person." They could only become a "freed person" which came with lesser rights than a free person. A freed person bore the same status as a resident alien, also known as a metic. A freed person's children remained freed persons. Freed persons could not obtain governmental positions and they also had to pay a special tax. This may have been done in part because most Greek slaves were non-Greeks, acquired in wars or through trade. Athens even had laws prohibiting the enslavement of its citizens.

Natural Slave Theory:

The greatest contribution of Greece to the institution of slavery is most likely the theory of natural slavery. A natural slave theory essentially states that slavery is a fact of biology, a natural condition of some people. This theory was discussed by a number of Greeks including the philosopher Plato but it was his student, Aristotle, who gained fame by codifying this theory. Interestingly enough, Aristotle did not devote much of his writings to the issue of slavery. His slavery materials consist of a few pages in the first book of his Politics and a few scattered paragraphs in some of his other books.

Here are some quotes from Aristotle's works dealing with natural slavery:

"In every composite thing…there is always found a ruling and a subject factor, and this characteristics of living things is present in them as an outcome of the whole of nature."

"From the hour of their birth some are marked out for subjugation, others for rule."

"One who is a human being belonging by nature not to himself but to another is by nature a slave; and a person is a human being belonging to another if being a man he is an article of property, and an article of property is an instrument for action separable from its owner."

"For he is by nature a slave who is capable of belonging to another (and that is why he does so belong), and who participates in reason so far as to apprehend it but not to possess it; for the animals other than man are subservient not to reason, by apprehending it, but to feelings."

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