Consider merely the slave’s garmenture

Consider merely the slave’s garmenture. She is clad, when clad, in a very distinctive fashion, one instantly and easily recognized, commonly in a brief, revealing tunic, a form of garmenture which would not only scandalize a free woman but plunge her into the throes of shame, consternation, and dismay. A former free woman, recently embonded, must often be whipped into the streets before she dares to show herself publicly so. In time, of course, as she learns the collar, she comes to find such garmenture not only appropriate for her, but thrillingly so. It arouses her, and those who look upon her. And should the slave, stressed and distraught, beside herself and foolish, be tempted to run, where shall she run? There is nowhere to run.

The society accepts slavery as a valuable and important institution. Every hand would be against us. There is no escape for us. We are slaves and will remain slaves, unless the free should deem otherwise. And so, commonly, the slave is constrained primarily not to prevent her escape, but because she is a slave. It seems appropriate that she, being a slave, be bound or chained, or such.

Beyond that, constraints can exercise a mnemonic function. She is reminded, in no uncertain terms, that she is a slave, and at the mercy of the free. Bonds also can be sexually stimulatory to the slave, reminding her of her helplessness and vulnerability, and to the master who looks upon her, defenseless, at his mercy. Bonds reassure the slave of her bondage. Chained, the slave is in no doubt that she is a slave.

 

Quarry of Gor, p. 90

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