Is Gor but an aspect of BDSM? What are the similarities and differences between Gor and BDSM? This is a topic that has been addressed numerous times on message boards and in discussions.Yet,there is still confusion on this so there is reason to try once again to compare and contrast these two matters.The general public sees Gor as but a subset of BDSM.This is evident from when the media mentions Gor and how they almost inevitably lump it with BDSM.In addition,there are people involved in bdsm who see Gor as an aspect of it,as well as Goreans who also see as part of bdsm.Please note that i will deal primarily with generalzations for ease of understanding.There may be exeptions to these generalzations but that alone does not invalidate the generalzations themselves.
We should also begin by considering some difinitions to help us in our discussion,not just of BDSM and D/s but also what we mean when we refer to Gor.For each of these terms,precise definitions are not easy as each term encompasses a wide varity of aspects.Just think of some of the myriad aspects that often fall under the label of bdsm and D/s,such as bondage,discipline,sadism,masochism,dominance,submission,slaves,switches, blood play,and role playing.This is by no means an exhaustive list.And each person involved in bdsm and D/s has their own personal preferences of which areas they may practice.In addition,for some this is all kinky seks.But for others,it is a deeper lifestyle that affects many aspects of their lifes,and not just the sexual aspect.Diversity is a key word in defining bdsm and D/s.
At its most basic,Gorean role-playing is a game where people pretend to be on Gor,acting out certain roles.It is a form of entertainment though it can have its educational aspects as well.Role playing may involve captures where people try to enslave others and combat where people may duel each other,sometimes to a virtual death.Some who role play try to remain true to the novels,only permitting types of actions that would be plausible based on the novels.Others prefer a looser form,altering aspects of the books to suit their own preferences.Sometimes these two schools of thought can get combative over their respective preferences.
Interestingly enough,slavery is not an aspect of the Gorean philosophy.In fact it is absolutely unnecessary to the philosophy.Slavery is a societal and cultural institution on Gor and not a philosophical principle.Now one of the derivative principles of Gorean philosophy is that in general,men are dominant and woman are submissive.It is simply considerend a bioloical truth,based on genetics and our evolutionary history.And remember that we are not discussing an absolute here,only a generalization.But this principle does not entail that woman should or must be slaves.There is a significant difference between being submissive and being a slave.
Some of the most common societal institutions that are emulated by lifestylers include the Home Stone,the Caste system and slavery.Now there is no standard for which institutions must be emulated to be a lifestyler.You might choose to have a Home Stone but no Caste.You might choose to have a slave but no Home Stone.It is all a matter of personal preference though slavery is probably the most commonly emulated institution.Out of all aspects of Gor,slavery still attracts the most people.Yet this popularity is misrepresentative of the entirety of Gor.One can still be a Gorean life-styler and not own a slave or even support slavery.
When these Gorean institutions are emulated,lifestylers modify them for realities of Earth and their own personal preferences.Slavery,though legal on Gor on Earth so there must necessarily be some differences.Overall lifestyler slavery becomes much less harsh than it be on Gor.There are no forced enslavements for lifestylers. It is often called consensual slavery as the slave consents to her condition.She also has the power to end the slavery at any point.Such real time RT slavery most closely resembles what would be known in bdsm and D/s as tpe,total power exchange,though i prefer the less commonly used term internal enslavement,as i feel it is more accurate description of the nature of the relationship.At its most basic,RT slavery is more a extreme form of submission.And thus,there will be many similarities between bdsm and D/s and this RT slavery though there will be some significant differences as well.
What is most important to note is that such RT Gorean slavery is but a single aspect of a much larger realm.If you feel that Gor is only about slavery,then you are missing out on a vast world of other Gorean ideas and concepts.Gorean philosphy and so much more.It draws its inspiration from such sources as Plato,s the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius and Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil.It deals with more than just personal relationships,encompassing also how man interacts with gouverment,society and nature.In these respects,it is vastly more encompassing than bdsm or D/s.BDSM and D/s are most often a matter of personal relationships,the interaction of two people.
Who then is responsible for setting forth the mistaken belief that Gor is primarily about slavery?Ultimately,much of that responsibility does fall upon the Gorean community.It falls upon those individuals who come to Gor just because of the slavery aspect.It falls upon those individuals who created websites that deal with aspects of slavery.It falls upon those individuals who endless discuss slavery issues on the message board,ignoring other topics.And as these individuals are the majority online,the majority online,the message gets skewed.So people who know little of Gor receive a distorted picture that Gor is primarily about slavery when it so much more diverse.
The ultimate objective is to show that Gor is about far more than just slavery.Gor is not simply a subset of bdsm or D/s.Though there are some similarities between bdsm.D/s and Gorean RT consensual slavery,the differences far outweigh.Gor encompasses a vast array of additional matters that have nothing to do with bdsm or D/s.