One of the major differences, between the free woman and the slave girl is that the slave girl is not permitted veiling.

One of the major differences, incidentally, between the free woman and the slave girl is that the slave girl is not permitted veiling. Sometimes a new slave must be whipped into the streets, for she is ashamed to be seen in public with a naked face.

This makes a great deal of cultural sense as the face seems far more expressive, revealing, personal, and sensitive than the body. That it should be seen in public, stripped, disrobed of the privacy of its concealments, is often traumatic for a new slave. To be sure, she is likely later, as she learns more of her collar, and her own desirability, to do gladly without the inconveniences and encumbrances of the veil. She thinks of herself, and conceives of herself, in a new way. Perhaps, too, there is something of a masculine conspiracy involved here. Men certainly enjoy looking upon the features of one another’s slaves.

And, of course, who would veil an animal? Does that very thought not seem ridiculous? Would you veil a tarsk, a kaiila, a sleen? So why another sort of animal, a female slave? And free women, though presumably with different motivations, also insist on denying the veil to slave girls. In doing so they emphasize the enormous and extreme difference between themselves and chattel girls. The chattel girl is nothing. She is worthless. She is no more than a domestic animal. See? Her face is bare!

Too, of course, the lack of veiling permitted the slave makes her the more likely target of roving tarnsmen, brigands, slavers, and such. It is understandable that many men may not care to risk their lives to obtain a woman who, when unveiled, may turn out to be a disappointment, one who is insufficiently beautiful to be a slave, one whose looks do not merit the iron and the collar.

Mercenaries of Gor, p. 413-414

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