Gorean Subculture: A Closer Look [Christianity & BDSM Series, Part 6 of 15]

Good Afternoon Friends,

I’m back with another post in this 15-part “Christianity & BDSM” series. If you’re new to my blog, welcome! My name is Penny Berry/Kitten/Punkin and I write about all things Cg/l and BDSM. I’m also a Christian! Before we dive into today’s topic, let’s do a quick recap of the things we’ve learned so far in this series:

I began writing this series when a reader commented to me that I couldn’t be both a Christian and be into BDSM. Anyone who knows me know that if someone says, “you can’t” the first thing I think is: “watch me”. I’m self-motivated and a fighter at heart. So naturally, when they said I couldn’t be into BDSM and Christianity, I wrote up a posting using biblical references as to why I could (and am!) both! Knowledge is power. And I believe in being well-read, having an open mind, and seeing things from various perspectives. Fired up from creating that post, I went on to create this 15 part series for other Christians who might feel torn or wonder if they are doing something “wrong” by being into BDSM and being a Christian.

Which brings me to today’s topic: The Gorean Subculture.

Let’s rewind the clock to 1965. I wasn’t born yet. But at Princeton University, a man named John Frederick Lange, Jr. graduated with his doctorate and a passion for philosophy. Shortly thereafter he picked up a pen and began writing books. Thirty three to be exact, all under the pen name: John Norman. He created a sci-fi world called, Gor, where every inhabitant lived in a strictly enforced caste system. Everyone had their rightful place, and took pride in the role that they were given. There were masters, freeman, physicians, builders, warriors, scribes, etc. Then there were lower caste levels such as: butchers, metalworkers, artisans, cloth makers, etc. John Norman published these books and they grew a small but devoted fan base. He had no idea that his writings were about to create a subculture of people who were ready to live out the tenets of Gor in today’s real world.

I. When the World of Gor Comes to Life: 

It’s easy to understand why some D/s couples choose to adopt the rules, values, and lifestyle of the Gorean subculture. There is structure and routine, and where there is routine there is comfort. The Master is the head of the household and those below him are viewed as his property. A Gorean relationship falls under the M/s (or Master/ consensual slave) dynamic. The slaves are known as kajirae. Followers and superfans of the Gor series have used various mediums for connecting with other fans of the Gorean lifestyle. Most turn to online roleplaying to create the fantasy virtual world that models after the book series. In popular MMORPG Second Life, players can create their own houses, rules, rankings, etc. Players log on and assume a literal “second life”, one in which they can agree to consensual slavery online, to fulfill that desire to slip away into the world of Gor.

II. Why Would Anyone Want to Be a Kajira? 

He is Owner, and I am owned. He commands, and I obey. He is Master and I am slave. He is to be please, and I am to please. Why is this? Because He is Master and I am slave. -Kajira Slave Oath

There is a beauty in the dynamic of consensual slavery. You kneel before your Master with all of you. You surrender yourself body, mind, and soul knowing that in return you are guaranteed absolute protection, love, trust, and care. This is the power of the M/s dynamic and this is what draws people of all walks of life into service as a kajira. It is innate into our most primal selves to yearn for protection. As babies we come into the world fragile, yearning for love and care. We come into existence needing our every need met until we can begin to care for ourselves. As we grow, we seek protection over our heart and body against those who would do us harm. And so one solution that submissives has discovered is consensual slavery.

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Kajira Outfit

Unlike other forms of submission, in the Gorean lifestyle, slaves are meant to serve without refusal. They are viewed as the property of their Master, but they are also trained to be respectful and serve any free person who requires their assistance. Kajira can’t simply say, “you’re not my Master, so f*** off!”. You don’t get a “day off”. You are a slave, and therefore you are always in service to those around you. The kajirae learn various positions of prostration for different parts of service and present themselves in a pleasing appearance at all times. Their uniform alone allows for their Master to have access to their body at all times.

III. Turning to the Bible in an M/s Dynamic: 

While it might seem that the Gorean lifestyle is extreme or concerns of abuse might arise, the small, secretive community has implemented codes of conduct (and even manuals!) that specifically protect kajira from abuse (both physically and mentally). Masters must be of sound “mind and judgement” to participate in a slave auction, and the devotion between a Master and their long-time kajira rivals that of any D/s dynamic. As a Christian, I can understand how John Norman created the world of Gor based upon “natural order”. The Bible has various scripture that specifically gives reference to each person having their rightful place in a relationship and in the home. Proverbs 31 is likely one of the most popular pieces of scripture for Godly women who strive to care for their home, children, and family. The bible instructs that the man shall rule over his woman (Gen. 3:16) and it is there in that union, that she shall serve him.

John Norman modeled much of Gorean culture after his favorite philosophers Freud and Nietzsche, and while they were openly opposed to major religion (especially Nietzsche), there’s no doubt that the M/s dynamic, as seen in Gorean culture, does reflect a gentle balance of the Master leading his kajira. She is protected. Owned. Guarded. Loved. And in return she gives her unfailing devotion, love, trust, and power to her Master. So, too, does the Bible reflect this same unwavering devotion of the wife to her husband in Ephesians 5:22-23.

IV. Gorean Resources: 

For those interested in pursuing the M/s dynamic of Gorean subculture further, I have gathered a list of resources to aid you on your way. I would encourage you to read carefully, and follow your heart. Only you know what kind of service you can give to your dominant. That said, enjoy this list. ❤

Alright my friends, that’s it from me for this post. I hope you all enjoyed it. If you did, hit that like button and let me know. Smash that follow button if you’re new here to get updates regularly on all things Cg/l and BDSM, and I will see you all back here for the next topic!

Much love,

~Kitten/Punkin xx

6 comments

  1. I absolutely loved this introduction into the Kajira/Gorean subculture and how you also tied in the aspects of Christianity. I would really like to dive into that subculture even more.

    Also, Ironically, despite my being Christian, Nietzsche has long been a favorite philosopher of mine.

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    1. Wow, that’s fascinating Daddy! I would have never guessed that you like Nietzsche! What is it that you enjoy about his writings? I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I want to dive into it too. There are elements about consensual slavery that are deeply appealing to me (as you know). 😉

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    1. Thank you, Cappy. You know, one of the most intimidating aspects about the Gorean lifestyle for me, is wearing an outfit that is so revealing. But the love that I get from you and Daddy C makes me feel so uplifted… so whole… so cherished… that I feel honored to serve you both with all of me. ❤ Thank you for always being so supportive and loving. I love you!

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  2. Penny, with each piece of writing you do I am in awe. You have a keen intellect and a gift for writing. I hope both of us have long lives and a long friendship, because I look forward to discussing many topics with you.
    The subject of Gor reminded me of the Mimbari of Babylon 5 where they have 3 castes: worker, religious, and warrior. (yes, I am a big fan of Babylon 5)
    And you are a Christian! Awesome! Have you ever read “The Life of Pi?” You would love that book.

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    1. Good Morning Marty!! ❤ Your compliment made me blush and smile from ear to ear. So thank you, hun. You are so sweet! Absolutely I want to gush over tons of topics with you and have a beautiful friendship for years and years to come! 🙂 So please feel free to talk my ears off anytime, hehe! ❤ I haven't read "The Life of Pi" but I have heard of it. Coincidentally I'm heading to the library tomorrow to stock up on another round of reading books, so I will check it out then! And now you have me intrigued about Babylon 5 too, so I'm going to poke around and see if I can find some episodes online. 😉 I hope you're having a relaxing Sunday morning, my dear friend! Xx

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