For those who are not familiar with Gor and the related controversies about it, the basic deal is that they are set on a sort of bizzaro Earth populated largely by humans kidnapped from Earth and flying insect like things. (If I remember correctly there are also priest beings and shit.)
Anyway the basic premise of these books is that on Gor the women are slaves to the men and get extreme sexual pleasure out of serving their masters. So, you end up with sci-fi master/slave erotica.
This, of course, pissed off tons of people, particularly in the 1970s when the majority of the books were being published.
It's also created a backlash where people who are really into the Gor books have created huge online communities where they live out their outer space master/slave fantasies on AOL chatrooms and Second Life.
I've never been particularly interested in the books, but have always found the controversy to be really weird. People write erotica about all sorts of strange fetish stuff. I mean, seriously, how many, many fan fiction stories are there online about Draco Malfoy using magic to entice Harry Potter into non consensual gay sex?
If some dude wants to fantasize that he's on some alien bug world with a slave girl and some girl wants to fantasize that she's serving her master, who the fuck cares. As far as kinks go, it's not that out there.
What I do find interesting is the dude's insistence that his erotica has nothing to do with BDSM.
"I may, of course, misunderstand it. I wonder if one would settle merely for "real-life Gorean slavery," because, as I understand it, BDSM is not Gorean. If something is not beautiful, it is not Gorean."
That said, he then goes on to make it fairly clear that he does believe in master/slave stuff by saying "If a woman chooses to submit herself, voluntarily, to a master, it seems to me that is her business, and his business. She would then, of course, be a slave, and would be treated as a slave. One supposes remarkable fulfillments may occur in such an arrangement. It is, of course, important to treat the slave, however uncompromisingly strict you are with her, however much she might fear you, in a humane way, as one would any other animal. Some men, I gather, dislike women, and enjoy hurting them. That makes no sense to me. Women are wonderful, and precious. It is a delight to own one; why would one hurt her?" ... To be sure, the slave must understand that if she is not pleasing, she is subject to discipline. She is not to be left in doubt that she is a slave. It is easy to avoid discipline; she need only be obedient, submissive, and found pleasing, wholly, and in all ways."
Anyway, the point of this post is to ask the question: Is he write that this is something different from BDSM? Is master/slave stuff it's own genre? Is what he's talking about misogynist or just kink?
What do you think?
The Drunk Ex Pat Writer wants to know, on the QT and very, very hush, hush.