What is Gor? Well, literally, Gor is a fictional planet that is on the other side of the sun from Earth. This planet has been written about in the Counter Earth tales.
So, why is this important? Well, there are thousands of people across the world that follow the philosophies talked about in the books. Well, as much as can be followed in our society. There are many aspects of the books that cannot be followed, some of those will be discussed below.
Now, this is not about role-players, but those that attempt to follow the Gorean way in real life. I am not a role-player in that aspect, so have little to no knowledge of the ways of role-play.
What are the philosophies of those that call themselves Gorean? Mainly, they are to be what you are. Men are seen as the Dominate of our species, while woman are seen as those that should be submissive to a real Man. Men are to be honorable, and defend their home, to the death if need be. This includes the city, or in our society, the country the man lives in.
There is the idea of personal justice. Now, this can take many forms. In the books, normally this is done through sword on sword action. In real life, it really depends on the actions of the people involved. Sometimes it may include physical actions, social actions, or court actions.
Most also say to follow the laws of the land are also important. Now, what does this mean? Again, it depends on the person. There are some actions that due to laws are illegal that Goreans do on a regular/semi-regular basis depending on the situation. One of those is the act of slavery, which will be discussed more below. Generally though, that means that if you do the crime, do the time. Even if the Gorean says that the law is unfair, they are to take the punishment that is prescribed.
Slavery…now that is a interesting subject. When most read that word, they think of the slavery of a people, such as the slave trade of America. A Gorean slave is a consensual slave. If the reader does not know what that means, there are many places that the reader can find that information.
Many within the BDSM community, even within the Master slave community, see the Gorean slave as something to show contempt to. A Gorean slave is to please any free that come into contact with. Those that take this to the extreme include sexual pleasure to that list. However, this is not in affect for all Goreans, but a percentage does follow this prescript.
The other big issue that many see with Gorean slavery is the fact that many will only enslave women. Why is this? To most Gorean Men, a submissive man is seen with contempt. Something to belittle, and nothing more. Amongst some, even the mention of a male slave causes arguments.
What about the free woman? A free woman is to be seen as someone to respect, but should also be submissive. Most Goreans (mostly Men and slaves) feel that every woman is a slave in some way. There is a saying, that a enslaved woman is more free than a free woman. Some even point to most erotica, where the women in the books are taken by a strong man, and even sometimes forced into acts.
What about those things that should not be followed? One, is “trying chain luck”. This is going somewhere, and attempting to enslave those that do not wish to be enslaved. This is something that most feel should not be done, do to the simple fact that it is illegal.
Another is purchase by steel. In the books, this is normally done between warriors who are arguing over a slave girl. One will ask the price of a girl, and the other will reply the price is steel. Normally, in the books, this leads to the death of one of the warriors.
To finish this out, there are many terms that a Gorean may use, normally in chat rooms, but sometimes off line as well. A kajira is a female slave, where a kajirus is a male slave. Tal is a formal greeting between the free, while the term “I wish you well” Is the traditional farewell. The collar (sometimes spelled kollar, or ko-lar) is a piece of steel around a slaves neck to show their owner.
There are many other aspects of the Gorean lifestyle. This was just a quick overview. I am sure the curious can find many places to get more information, as well as thoughts from both sides of any issue.
I wish you well.