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May 19, 2006

Sex slave cults of Gor

Durham Police have reportedly uncovered a sex slave cult "based on a series of 1960s science fiction novels." Seeing as this must have taken them approximately one click on the internets for "Gorean" and in the end no charges were laid I am not certain what the point of this BBC piece might be beyond rubber-necking voyeurism. An excellent Flea-post, in other words.

The group, called Kaotians, follow the Chronicles of Gor novels which depict a society where women are dominated.
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Kaotians are a splinter group of the Goreans, which base their beliefs on novels written by American university professor John Norman. The books are set on the quasi-medieval planet of Gor, which has a caste system and uses women as slaves. There are an estimated 25,000 Goreans worldwide.

Kaotians: Splitters! Seriously, we have tens of millions of women who cannot leave their home without the permission of a male relative but the Beeb and the constabulary expend their effort on the sf nerd version of bdsm. Priorities, people. Though I am left wondering what the theological differences might be between mainstream Goreans and schismatic Kaotians.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 19, 2006 09:14 AM

Comments

omg, when I was in the Air Force, I took this year-long course in Polish (don't ask) & sat next to this Army grunt who read that Gor trash constantly. Now I understand why

Posted by: beautifulatrocities [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 19, 2006 02:28 PM

Hmm. TypeKey is not letting me sign-in when I am in Explorer again. Vexing technology.

I read several John Norman books when I was in Grade 11 which I think was the exact, correct time to do so. Rumour had it that he was a philosophy prof somewhere making a mint while writing under a pseudonym.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 19, 2006 03:00 PM

He kept trying to foist it on me. I'm like, Do they have one called Gor Is Blown to Bits?

Posted by: beautifulatrocities [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 19, 2006 03:13 PM

Sad that the woman in the original report is a clueless Canadian, eh?

Posted by: Nicholas [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 19, 2006 04:48 PM

On the contrary, I find I am strangely curious to learn more about her.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 19, 2006 04:54 PM