s l a v e...d a v i d...s t e i n
writer · editor · activist
The silver chain and turquoise disc i'm wearing in the photo are gifts from my Guardian, Master Steve, founder of Butchmann’s Academy. It was Master Steve who helped me rediscover my “heart of slave” after a couple of painful “failures” made me feel that i could no longer follow this path. His teaching is that “heart of slave” is innate, and though being collared and owned by a Master fulfills a slave’s nature, it does not create it. So although i am unowned, i see myself as someone who exists in order to serve and whose greatest happiness comes from obedience — even if my ego resists and rebels for a time, LOL!
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Mentors and fellow travelers
| When i first went online, i wanted to use "david stein" as my screen name, since i am pretty far out of the closet, but there are too many others with the same name on AOL, and i didn’t want to be "david st738" or the like. So i cast around for an appropriate handle and settled on "gorgik," after a character in the Neveryön series of fantasy novels by Samuel R. Delany. Gorgik was a slave who found himself freed by chance, and he decided to dedicate his life to eradicating the institution of slavery. He also found, however, that he was incapable of performing sexually (usually with another man) unless either he or his partner wore his old slave collar. That seemed to be a good metaphor for someone like myself, who spent years in the struggle to liberate gay and s/m sexuality yet wanted nothing more than to be happily enslaved. While i always sign my real name to my posts online, i am proud to carry (with the author’s permission) the name of this protohistorical gay hero. |
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