It is best to add context to such thoughts of what Norman expresses, such as equality of the sexes. That reference adds to the fact that both must be engaged equally. This is compatible with Gor, as the Gorean gets the entire female involved in the dynamic, which is what makes it a dynamic at all. The Madonna Whore complex would likely be more of a cultural phenomenon on the course to the love slave, rather than an integral part of the philosophy, just as Imaginative Sex
utilizes Earth's cultural phenomenon of relationships without John Norman necessarily having to agree with it in his personal philosophy. He does commend the marital construct, but merely as a means to fulfill rather than it as a way to orchestrate the entirety of psychology and relationship structure. He does say in an essay (http://www.gorchronicles.com/modules/sm ... ?itemid=76
(One you quoted from in a previous thread)) that he feels the Gorean world is truer to biology (read on from that point), while also commenting on Imaginative Sex
. It is clear within his commentary and notes on the fantasies (and between the lines within the fantasies themselves) that he thinks there is an "unequal" aspect of relation of the genders, though they are congruent with each other (quotes provided upon request). (See here, question #41 on equality: http://www.gorchronicles.com/modules/sm ... p?itemid=6
) The importance, however, is discovering truth through experimentation of what works for each individual, which John Norman expresses. He leaves it open for self determination, because he knows better than to dictate what is true for all, but he does have a position on the matter and one he thinks likely will be the outcome.
What is also clear is that aspects of the fantasies are intended to move beyond that, into reality:The master/slave fantasy, accordingly, presents the act of sexual congress in its most basic and searing realities. In a sense it is far from being a fantasy; in a sense it is one, perhaps, of the rare moments in which the truth is spoken. Truth need be no stranger to art; where but in art can truth be clearly spoken; in what other context could we face it? In what other context could we dare speak it so openly? In art, truth may be spoken, while we pretend to look elsewhere; it may be spoken, and we may hear it while we pretend not to listen. But too much has been said.
(In a note, not in the context of a fantasy)
See here #55, when JN speaks of sexual existence/life http://www.gorchronicles.com/modules/sm ... p?itemid=6
and then recall that sexuality in the Gor ethos is beyond the bedroom. It is everywhere, in every seemingly mundane act, the master and slave are in a sexual bond. I think that is really what must be kept in mind and is part of the core of the philosophy. Imaginative Sex
may seem more explicit on some matters, but it is still just a primer (and one, I think, for the Gorean philosophy).Imaginative Sex
Ch 6, and Captive
Ch 8 express the idea of a Free Companion and slave being both within women.Let those who can break their chains, break them. Let those who cannot, keep them.