|That Motherfucker John Norman|
|Chronicles of Gor|
* Caution: Strong Language Warning *
Written 26 March, 2007
Those Motherfuckers from Gor
I’m a deeply spiritual person, but I have always had a dislike of and distrust of organized religions. I have never sensed God in a church, but She is all around me when I am in a forest or at the top of a mountain or walking the edge of an ocean.
I understand why people embrace the various churches.
But it baffles me entirely when they cleave to something created from whole cloth, especially something so patently full of bullshit that believing in it is a sign of mental deficiency.
You, know, stuff like when some idiot “finds” a set of tablets in a cornfield and his sycophants colonize The Beehive State or a second-rate science fiction writer-turned-recluse spouts nonsense that ensnares dimwits like John Travolta and Tom Cruise.
But people buy into it, even unto moving lock, stock, and barrel to Guyana, even unto drinking the red Kook-Aide.
You know, the last word in the line above above has a typo, but I think I will let it stand, as it sort of makes sense.
People wed themselves to outlandish political philosophies, too, fomenting October Rebellions and participating in Krystallnachts and pogroms and embracing nonsense like Reagan’s “trickle-down” economy.
And worst of all is that people buy into really bad fiction.
Good fiction, too. The writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and Wendi Pini have inspired entire elf kingdoms, and the respectively scary and sensual vampire tales of Bram Stoker and Anne Rice have led to a genre of vampire fiction and Second Life vampire sims.
But bad fiction...
Somewhere in a box of paperbacks I have, I believe, one or perhaps even two of John Norman’s Gor novels. I (as, apparently have others) found them first eminently unreadable and, second, repulsive in content and bullshit religio-socio-pscho-sexual-political ideology.
The worlds of Gor—and there are quite a few now, more than 100 sims on SL alone, I understand-- are philosophically based on the fascist ideology that power makes everything right and the Orwellian notion that, like “war is peace,” “slavery is freedom.”
Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit.
And scary bullshit at that.
On Second Life, Gor is a place where women are subjugated, psychologically, socially, mentally, financially, and physically, to men, who are somehow “stronger.” They are routinely tortured, raped, and murdered. And why? Because men are the "superior" sex.
Hmmm. I wonder how those fascist Gor motherfuckers deal with the fact that my female av has just as much mass and is exactly as “strong” as theirs.
Oh, right. They just turn to the ravings of that National Socialist John Norman and read that women are inferior. So it must be so.
[Rhetorical note to John fucking Norman, who is probably long dead (nope, Wiki tells me he is alive and still fantasizing about degrading women): The last time men had real physical superiority over women was the day a woman realized she could wait until the bastard was asleep and bash his brains out with a big rock. Since then, it’s all been mindfuck, and you are perhaps the biggest mindfucker of all, second only to, perhaps, Jim Jones, Joseph Smith, and L. Ron Hubbard. Be the man, since you’re still alive, and disavow Gor as the bullshit it is.]
Women are enslaved in Gor, subjugated by men, methodically and brutally disempowered and disenfranchised, to the point of being exiled, or, more often, murdered for being cheeky or otherwise refusing to put up with the cow patootie.
All of this might be all right if the participants were able to make a real choice.
But they don’t get to make a real choice because of the cultish nature of Gor.
Oh, the Gor motherfuckers claim they’re not a cult, but we all know better. They use all the cult tricks—peer pressure, love bombs, cutting of ties with the outside world, praise and punishment—to manipulate and force women into being slaves (or else to rebel impotently against being enslaved, which is a form of enslavement itself).
And for that matter, the cult also manipulates men into subjugating women.
It’s sad so many people lack the imagination to make their own realities and buy into the fucked-up, badly-written, National Socialist mythos of Gor.