6. People that think that the word “Master” and submissive gestures and postures were invented by John Norman.
Before I get started on this one, and before you start bitching at me about morals and right and wrong, I do want to note that I do not condone slavery nor human trafficking in real life. I also want to note that BDSM and/or D/s relationships have nothing to do with force, kidnapping, rape, abuse or slavery in it’s true form. That my posts here are about ROLEPLAY, about FANTASY, about letting go of reality for a little while and submersing yourself into a different world, a PRETEND world, make-believe. GET IT? I’ve already covered the type of sick fuckers that abound in Second Life in another post and I’m not gonna go over all that again, we all know it’s all for shits and giggles anyway. Okay?
The other thing I want to clarify–and yes, I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m not gonna apologize for my rants, but you must know that they are that… RANTS. Shit to get off my mesh body boobies, and that though the situations I’ve explained in my RANTS really happened, they might be extreme examples of an issue–much like runway models wear 5-foot shoulder pads to let us know that shoulder pads are coming back in vogue (please gods, no!).
So now, back to Pet Peeve #6
A few years ago I was checking out this medieval sim and one of the first rules was that slavery was prohibited, with a little added remark that it was not a Gorean sim. Now I do enjoy playing “small folk” – servant, slave, serf, etc. Second Life is FULL of princesses, and it’s not a role that is appealing to me. The whole thing also kinda tickled my spine, and not in a good way. See, contrary to the belief of those that like to stick to pageantry and brocade gowns, slavery was alive and well during the middle ages in various forms. In fact, that rich, fine embroidery on Lady Mary Sue’s gown was probably SLAVED over, night and day, by some serf or slave, who was paid with a meal of whatever was left over in the pot after Lord Marty Stu fed his knights in shining armor. And, by the way, that armor was probably crafted and polished by… nevermind.
In any case, the rule just led me to believe that the sim owner and his or her administrators didn’t know history, and should probably just stick to something they fucking knew like tringo or gesturbating at some pixel stripper club. It was probably harsh judgment on my part, but whatever.
But the sim was beautiful, as many of these medieval sims tend to be. And though I am a stickler for a bit of realism, I can follow rules and I can RP in a sanitized “historical” environment, so I decided to give it a shot. I created a peasant character, not too clean, uneducated as most people in medieval times would be, a little rough around the edges. And there I go, la la la rp’ing, having fun. Shit happens, as it happens in RP (if you wanna have any fun, shit’s gotta happen), and my character gets captured by some Evil Chick. Evil Chick binds my character’s wrists behind her back and dragged her to the woods where she proceeded to give her a shove from behind. Off-balance, my character landed on her knees with her hands bound behind her. So yeah, there’s a pose that is commonly used in Gor or other BDSM themes called “bracelets” that is exactly like that. I happened to have it, so I used it.
Next thing you know I have an admin in my IM’s reminding me that it was not a Gorean sim and that Gorean poses and the like were not allowed.
So I’m just gonna say this:
Then I want to note that I was not within chat range of anybody. In fact, the admin that IM’d me, wasn’t even on sim. So some little shit cammed in on me, saw me, and reported that I was using a ‘Gorean’ pose. I politely explained to the admin that it was NOT a Gorean or slave themed scene, but that this Evil Chick was probably going to try to kill me and I sent a snapshot. The admin INSISTED that it was a Gorean slave pose and I should use something else, and even passed over some poses for me to use–poses in which I was only on one knee, like I was fucking proposing to Evil Chick or something.
I have visited other “medieval” sims, many with similar Anti-Gor rules, and one of them went as far as stating in their rules that people could be slaves, but collars or the use of GOREAN WORDS like “master” were not allowed.
So…(I kinda like that word, ‘so’), just to let folks know slavery predates John Norman by a few thousand years. For those that don’t know (if you do, don’t get your mesh panties in a wad, I’m clearly stating that it’s for those that DON’T KNOW), even that really Old Bestseller that has been around for EVER has instructions on slave behavior and how a MASTER (OMG SRSLY? That word?) should treat his or her SLAVES.
Titus 2: 9 – Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative
HAH! Sounds like Gor, huh? And that’s the Newer Part of The Book, you can go dig around the Old Part yourself and go back a few more thousand years. And lets not even get into Vikings, Romans, the Barbary Coast, etc, etc, etc.
Now before you jump down my throat for that, I only mean to make a point, and that is that this shit was not “invented” by John Norman for his books. That using the word “Master”, kneeling, or slavery in itself, has nothing to do with Gor orginally. That not all low-tech-slavery-allowed-environments are Gorean. That this man created a fictional world, a counter-culture of sorts on a different FREAKING PLANET, with elements borrowed from our real-life human, Earth HISTORY, and that a medieval sim that allows slavery is NOT necessarily GOR or Gor-Evolved (WTF-ever that means).
And before you go accusing me of boohooing because I wasn’t allowed to play a sex slave (shame on you if you already did), I would let you know that I have, on more than one occasion, played a slave with absolutely no sex or BDSM themes involved (someone had to scrub the pots and tend the garden), and that if I wanted to get my SL sex on all I have to do is go to that [secretsex society] that is not-so-fucking-secret because everyone that paid L$450 to get in it has it on their profile.
And yet, even after this ranting, I get why “medieval” sims balk away from slavery. And that is because infinitely ignorant folks will MAKE IT GOREAN, whether it is or not. If you allow the type of class division and lack of common modern human rights that existed in medieval times the sim will be flooded by “Goreans” who don’t want to be in Gor anymore because of drama or whatever, and we’ll have 5 girl slaves to each Lord on sim, and some idiot will walk through and say it’s “Gor Evolved” or “they wanna be Gor and just not call themselves that”
So, I get it. But, I’m still right.