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Tarnsman of Gor by John Norman

Tarnsman of Gor by John Norman

Tarnsman of Gor by John Norman

A document about a "master-slave" philosophy from a series of science fiction novels was found in Elaine O'Hara's apartment after she went missing, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Entitled 'The Gorean Lifestyle: A Woman's Right is Slave', the document describes the enslavement and punishment of women by men. Garda James Codd said it was among the items seized at Ms O'Hara's apartment on August 31, 2012.

The document, which contained the subheading: "Why Goreans believe women only exist to please men," was read out in its entirety to the jury by barrister Sinead McGrath, for the prosecution.

Ms McGrath said it stated: "What is your name and identity? If you're a woman practising a Gorean lifestyle, you don't have one. You identity is kajira, a slave, and you serve a master, who orders you to do whatever he pleases.

"You have no rights and never address yourself as 'I' or 'me' - instead, you address yourself as 'master's slave.' Refusal to do this results in punishment, usually a whipping."

Ms McGrath said the document stated that author John Norman released a book called 'Tarnsman of Gor' in 1967, which developed into a 26-strong series. Under the Gorean philosophy, the document stated: "Masters consider their slaves property. They are to keep their property in top condition. If slaves don't meet their standards, they are disciplined. This involves punishment, including imprisonment and whippings."

Ms McGrath continued to read from the document, saying it stated: "Once you are a Gorean slave, you lose all human rights. Anything you did before enslavement is erased from your past. You are not to talk about it, since your identity is kajira, a slave."

In cross-examination, defence counsel Remy Farrell SC put it to Garda Codd that the content seemed to be based on science fiction novels from the 1960s and 1970s. "It is speculative literature talking about life on the planet of Gor, which is as far as I am aware, not in our solar system," said Mr Farrell.

Irish Independent