I'll raise my hand and say I do it. I just gave Jaxon, Cortez's companion, a slave. He missed having one, and I missed writing a slave and since we spend so much of our time writing together, we figured why not. It eliminates the OOC drama and the obligation of having multiple RP partners, and it lets us write them in a manner that we want to-- with all our NPCs, etc. And when we are in private, I write them both at the same time and get to have an Rp that has no OOC influence. So maybe, in a way, it's my response to falling back on this line of thinking you are suggesting.
It's a hard question to answer----a lot of people want to stay true to their story. My tagline is seriously Character over role. But I think that what happens is that so much RP that Free women get-- especially non-companioned free women, loses that intimacy and attention that the slave role brings. I think the free woman role is actually the role with the least contact with men, and at some point, a lot of people who play characters that have a slave history, sort of miss the rp they were getting there. I'm pretty sure you're right-- that to some extent, it does allow women both the outlets were divided by a line Gorean society. You either are the lusting, heated, slave, or you are the respected, protected flower who gets to speak her mind. Or just the woman with a mission to speak her mind.
So it does offer a slight equilibrium in the only way possible-- because neither role can be totally both. And it probably speaks to the OOC balance of such things that many women here want. To be submissive, without giving up complete control. You've made an interesting observation-- but I don't think it speaks to your poll. You're asking people's opinions about the acceptability of women alting these roles, and I think alting is it's own issue, that shouldn't be dependent upon the roles you choose to play. Two characters, are two characters, for whatever reasons they've been created. Telling women they have to choose a role is totally non-Gorean in the first place. Women in Gor didn't really have a choice. So why does it even matter?
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