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Gorean subculture

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Gorean subculture is a fandom[wp] based on the philosophy espoused in John Norman's long-running sword and planet[wp] novel series Chronicles of Counter-Earth.[1][2]

#11 - Slave Girl of Gor
#19 - Kajira of Gor
#22 - Dancer of Gor


Gorean subculture developed independent of Norman's involvement, particularly starting as a fan network after the publishing houses[wp] ceased printing new editions of the novels, allegedly due to the controversy and pressure from feminist circles, and Gor books went out of print[wp] in the late 1980s.[3] Norman resumed the Gor series in 2001.

It does not have a uniform following but encompasses different groups of varying views and practices.

Gorean concepts


Gorean community


Goreans are people who have been significantly influenced by John Norman's Gor fantasy novels. Those who consider themselves adherents of a Gorean philosophy or world-view, and attempt to bring selective elements from the books into their daily lives in the real world, are known as "lifestylers" - while those who predominantly engage in on-line role-playing (formerly in textual chat rooms, nowadays often in Second Life[wipi]), and are not necessarily seriously committed to a Gorean ideology, are known as "roleplayers".

Goreans are often disdained by the mainstream of BDSM practitioners, because the Gorean philosophy appears to reject ideas like safe, sane, and consensual and risk-aware consensual kink, following instead a more strict Master/Slave ownership model. Those who take a Gorean identity seriously often consider it to be an overall philosophy and way of life which has relatively little to do with kinky sex[wp]; such individuals do not consider most of what they do to be BDSM, and do not judge themselves by BDSM standards. (Similar in this respect to Taken In Hand[wipi], etc.)

Other reasons for disdain are because the books are fantasy (though Norman actually based most of his fictional scenarios on historical slave-owning cultures), or allegedly misogynistic (though Norman claims that he is revealing the glorious complementarity between male and female within the "order of nature", and not contemptuous of women). In his non-fiction book Imaginative Sex[wp], Norman did not advocate that people should attempt to literalistically incorporate customs or institutions from the fictional planet Gor which strongly diverge from the customs and institutions of modern Western societies into their daily lives on earth...

Simplified Map of Gor
Orbit diagram


  1. "Officers discover sex-slave cult". BBC News. 19 May 2006. Retrieved 2010-08-18
  2. Lewis, Paul (19 May 2006) "Gor blimey! Subservient cult is unleashed on Darlington". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-08-18
  3. John Norman the Libertarian[webarchive]

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This article based partially on an article Gorean (29 December 2013) from the free Encyklopedia Wipipedia. The Wipipedia article is published under GNU-License for free Documentation. In Wipipedia is a List of Authors available those who worked on the text before being incorporated in WikiMANNia.