The Gorean Compass is a class given every Thursday by Master Gorm Runo. Classes are held at the Gorean Campus and are given at noon and 6pm SLT. All are encouraged to come and join in the amazing discussions. This class was held on November 8, 2018
Tal and greetings.
This has been one of the more difficult talks to prepare. Recently, we used an analogy borrowed from author and philosopher, C.S. Lewis, to talk of the “Gorean hotel” where there are many rooms. The idea is that there are certain requirements for entering the hotel, and once inside the lobby, and having met those basic requirements, you are free to explore the rooms.
This idea came back to me earlier this week, when a slave girl confessed that she did not enjoy the type of dancing that has become popular in Second Life, and especially with the girls from my home. She was sad because she felt that the fact that she did not enjoy this particular activity meant she was not a “good slave.” I was able to quickly go to my analogy to reassure her. Line dancing on a pose ball to Earth music while writing poetic animations is something going on in one of the rooms up on the second floor, but had nothing to do with what it took to enter the lobby, and therefore, had nothing to do with her quality as a slave girl.
I was able to think about the rooms quite a bit. In second life Gor, there are a lot of different rooms upstairs and within them it is fairly easy to be judgmental. In the dance room, I have been a judge and had to evaluate the performances of dancers. It is possible to say, she is a good dancer. She writes good emotes. Or the other side, she is not very good and needs to work on this or that. What you are saying, however, is that she is a good dancer, or a bad dancer. You are not saying she is a “good girl”, or a “good slave girl.”
I think sexuality and how it is expressed is one of those upper rooms. Some slaves embrace the idea of “slut” as the Goreans see it. They have an almost insatiable desire, and they express it very openly. It is true, they tend to be very popular around taverns and such, Men seek them out to indulge a bit in their blatant sexual banter. But, does this open sexuality make them a “good slave.” Conversely, would a bit of shyness, a more passive approach to sexuality mean she is a “bad slave.”
I think how a girl expresses her own sexuality would not be considered a lobby criteria either. I have heard countless girls, when watching the openness of one slave, suggest she is a “bad slave”, because her passion is not burning as brightly or as openly.
One of the most insidious trends in the online Gorean world is the idea that you make slave girls in much the same way you make Christmas cookies. You spread the dough, and press the cookie cutter into it, and voila, you have a bunch of interchangeable cookie cutter slaves. They all look the same, serve the same, and behave the same. This denies a basic fact about females. It is a fact that is well know and appreciated by true Gorean men. Females are not exciting creatures for their similarities to other females. What makes them so desirable is the differences in them, and the things that make them unique.
I was rummaging through the books looking for good quotes to use today, but didn’t have much luck. John Norman did not seem to pick up on the hotel idea from Lewis, and so I didn’t find quotes that would tell me what that lobby requirement might be or advice how to separate it from the requirements needed to excel up in one of the rooms. I did find this quote from Fighting Slave of Gor and thought I would share it today.
The man is Jason Marshall, still a bit new to Gor, and the girl is a slave of Gor.
“Am I to understand,” she asked, “that the men of your world do not take their women in hand, and throw them to their feet?”
“Of course not!” I said. “Our women are treated with total honor, and dignity and respect, “ I said. “They are treated as our equals.”
“Poor men, poor women,” she said.
“I do not understand, “ I said.
“You would make a love slave your equal?” she asked.
“Of course,” I said.
“You cheat her then of her opportunity to be overwhelmed, and to be forced to serve and love. You preclude her then from the fulfillment of her deepest nature.”
I said nothing.
“If you will not be a man, “ she asked, “how can she be a woman?”
“Do you think a woman is a slave?” I asked, scornfully.
“I have been in the arms of strong men, “ she said. “Yes”
I was stunned.
Page 115 Fighting Slave of Gor
As I read that I thought I might have a clue in the girl’s words of one of those basic requirements. Maybe what a female needs to enter the Gorean lobby of our analogy Hotel is not so much a resume of resolved feelings and defined attitudes, but a goal. We can teach her the trappings of Gor very easily. It will not take her long to learn we say Tal rather than Hi, and that the sleen has a triangular head and six legs. It will be easy to let her wander around the upper floors and find the rooms that appeal to her, and then fine tune her into the star of that room.
It will not be easy to give her the opportunity to be overwhelmed, and be forced to serve and love, and find the fulfillment of her deepest nature if that is not what she is there to do. It would seem that the real requirement for a slave girl would not be met by giving her a test and seeing how much she already knows and understands about herself, but rather that she be seeking the answers to the questions she does not know.
The quote might be taken another way. Does the fact, that the girl is shocked that Earthmen treat their women as equals mean that Goreans are assholes? Is this quote pointing out the “too hard” side of Gor? I think not. The girl is clearly shocked and distressed. You can treat a girl with decency and even compassion, and you can have a great deal of respect for her, but that is not what Jason is talking about. He is talking about deferring to her, denying the truth of what she is and what she really needs. This is made very clear in the next paragraph.
“You are wrong!” I cried. “You are wrong!” I was afraid terribly, then, for what if what she said was true then there might be within me a master. But if a woman should kneel before me and beg a collar would I not be terrified to enclose her lovely neck in its inflexible grasp? Would I not be afraid to own her, to assume the mighty responsibility of the mastery? Did I have the power, the strength, the courage, to be a master? Did I fear I would be unable to control and tame and make mine, such a sinuous, beautiful animal? No, I surely would have, reddening and frightened, hurried to her feet, trying to embarrass and shame her for having displayed her needs. I would have to encourage her to be a man. If she were a man, than I could, with a clear conscience, leave the woman in her unsatisfied.
Page 115 Fighting slave of Gor
It is very important that when we talk about the Gorean hotel, we remember it is not a place for everyone. We have slipped a long way to the other side in our Earth society right now. Girls and boys are facing conditioning that is unprecedented in human history via media and social media. What we do here and what we believe is on the outer fringes of mainstream acceptable behavior. We have to accept that the vast majority of females are going to be appalled at us, and would have no interest to enter our lobby except to mock, undermine, and resist what we believe about Natural order, and genetic wiring and the fulfillment of a woman’s deepest nature
So, we certainly should have something posted on the door of the lobby other than, “females who have tits, ass, and pussy are welcome here.” That is not going to successfully sort out the right ones from the wrong.
How about these as questions on a slave application? Are you here seeking to be overwhelmed? Do you desire to be forced to serve and to love? Are you seeking the fulfillment of your most deepest nature?
Are you seeking the truth about yourself? Are you seeking Men that are strong, that will put you in your place and keep you there? Are you seeking Men that are not afraid to assume the responsibilities of the mastery, and know how to meet a woman’s needs?
I suggest that if your answers to those questions are yes, then you are welcome in our lobby, and you should feel free to start exploring the many rooms.
If you do not even understand those questions, perhaps, this is the wrong place for you. It might even be the wrong place to role play and treat it as a game. Gor is powerful and addictive, and you would be much safer playing Mario Brothers.
As I have said before the Gorean experience is not one where you google the answers, it is where you learn what are the right questions to be asking.
A slave girl in SL Gor has the chance to hear “good girl” for many, many reasons. Maybe she did a good dance that pleased. Good girl. Maybe she won a tharl race for the first time. Good girl. Maybe she was an absolute wild one in the alcoves. Good girl.
But, when she is seeking with all her soul to be true to her real nature, and to express grace and beauty in all that she does; when she becomes the human personification of love itself, and when she seeks to elevate the men she serves to higher standards, making them truer men, so she can be a truer woman.
Then, she gets my real serious.
And those girls are always welcome in my lobby, regardless of the rooms upstairs where they play.