Gor versus earth - Part 24

  • Tal dear reader,

    This week "Gor versus earth" , 24th one, I gonna enlighten you a bit more about the use of the whip.

    The origins of the whip cannot be easily traced back to any single place or time. Almost every primitive culture that domesticated herd animals developed a whip of some type. Construction techniques varied, depending on culture, geographic location, materials at hand, and specific use for the whip, and ranged from woven grasses to herd cattle in Africa, seal skin to drive Innuit sled dogs across Alaska and Canada, the dried stingray tail in Southeast Asia, to human bone and skin for frightening spirits in Tibetan Bon Shamanism rituals. Whips were used as status symbols in Ancient Egypt, and many bas relief carvings and sarcophagi sculptures of the Pharaohs depict the ruler holding the authoritarian icon of the flail in one hand, and the nurturing crook in the other.

    The term “Whip” itself has many definitions ranging from political party officer, (i.e. Minority Whip,) to a slang term for assembling rapidly, (i.e. “to whip up,”)

    In the context we will discuss, “Whip” has two definitions. The first is a verb form of the word meaning “to strike, lash or beat,” and the second is the noun form referring to the device that is used to perform this action. 

    Let me start with a quote from Zig Ziglar; an American author, salesman, and motivational speaker....

    "We need to understand the difference between discipline and punishment. Punishment is what you do to someone; discipline is what you do for someone."

    Discipline is the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behaviour, using punishment to correct disobedience. While doing that we discourage that action or event through instilling fear of the consequences. 

    This brings us to Gor :

    "I well knew myself under discipline. I would have it no other way. A woman, I was thrilled to be subject to a man's discipline. I wished, desperately to be pleasing to my master."

    Plunder of Gor , Pages 331 - 332 

    A common way to discipline a slave girl is the use of the whip; the most common are the five-strap slave whip or the switch(A slender woody plant stem used as a whip; a thin, flexible rod, associated with corporal punishment)

    "Then she screamed with pain, throwing back her head, as the lash of the five-strap Gorean slave whip cut into her back."

    Raiders of Gor , Page 110

    "I felt her back, and the five welts left there by the switch of the kitchen master."

    Raiders of Gor , Page 244

    Then there is the matter of the "Whip of the furs". This is a method of disciplining slave girls by rape rather than by flogging; popular in Torvaldsland.

    "It is regarded as second only to the five-lash Gorean slave whip, used also in the south, and what among the men of Torvaldsland is called the whip of the furs, in which the master, with his body, incontrovertibly teaches the girl her slavery."

    Marauders of Gor, page 66

    It must be said...

     

    "It is one thing to be subject to the whip, and to know that that subjection is quite real, that the master can, and will, whip you, and well, if you are not pleasing, and something else to be actually whipped."

    Mercenaries of Gor , Page 420

    "I generally feel that pain, at least generally, should not be inflicted on a slave unless it is meaningful."

    Renegades of Gor , Page 326

    Unless it is meaningful...

    "Perhaps it should only be added that the Gorean Master, though strict, is seldom cruel. The girl knows, if she pleases him, her lot will be an easy one. She will almost never encountered sadism or wanton cruelty, for the psychological environment that tends to breed these diseases is largely absent from Gor. This does not mean that she will not expect to be beaten if she disobeys, or fails to please her Master."

    Outlaw of Gor , Page 53

    "The major point of the restraint is to restrain not hurt. Indeed, pain can interfere with many of the diverse subsidiary values of restraints, physical and psychological. It can be distractive. Pain is a bit like the whip. The slave is subject to the whip, and truly subject to it, but this does not mean that she is necessarily whipped; that she could be whipped, and will be whipped, if she is not pleasing, is what is important, not that she need be whipped. Why should one beat a pleasing slave?"

    Renegades of Gor , Page 327

    "The whip on Gor, incidentally, though it is much in evidence, is seldom used. That it will be used, and promptly, if the occasion arises, is perhaps, paradoxically perhaps, why it seldom needs to be used. Most girls avoid feeling it, at least generally, by striving to be excellent slaves. To be sure, every female slave will have felt it, upon occasion. It is then common that they try to make certain that these occasions are quite infrequent. To be sure, some women do not fully understand they are owned, until they are whipped."

    Vagabonds of Gor , Page 21

    "Excellent slaves are seldom beaten, for there is little, if any, reason to do so. To be sure, such a girl, particularly a love slave, occasionally desires to feel the stroke of the lash, wanting to feel pain at the hands of a beloved master, wanting to be whipped by him because she loves him, in this way symbolizing to herself her relationship to him, that of slave to master, her acceptance of that relationship, and her rejoicing in it."

    Magicians of Gor , Page 124

    In conclusion...among slaves, a common way for one slave to inquire of another her owner is to ask, "Who whips you?"

    "It is a common way, amongst slave girls, when inquiring another girl's master, to ask, "Who whips you?" I would then answer, "Desmond of Harfax," or "My master is Desmond of Harfax."

    Conspirators of Gor, Page 660

    I wish you well,

    Yahto

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