All About the Free Women of Gor
Free Women on Gor hold a
precarious position. They are expected to be submissive to
men, but not to demonstrate their submissive needs openly or
deeply, for that indicates suitability for the collar of a
slave. Typically, free women of any status or position wear
the Robes of Concealment, similar to the robes worn by
Muslim women, and are veiled. Even in the presence of male
relatives, a Free Woman wears a light House Veil so as to
appear modest. A Free Woman who exposes her face in public
is said to be "face-stripped" and is considered extremely
exposed and immodest: a Free Woman would rather be naked
save for a face veil than clothed and unveiled.
Free Women are allowed to
demonstrate their needs in private, and to take pleasure in
the sexual act. However, even then, they are expected to
hold back just a bit, to demonstrate that they are not
helpless in their need like a slave.
All Gorean Free Women are
addressed as "Lady" when speaking formally, even a child, a
beggar, or a Peasant woman. This indicates that they are not
slaves and they become very angry when slighted in this
regard. Free Women are always addressed as "mistress" by
Free men and Free Women
are joined formally in the Ceremony of Free Companionship,
and the two are referred to as "Free Companions." Free
Companionship must be renewed once a year, or the
Companionship is terminated. This is necessary given the
long lifespan of Goreans and the uncertain and hazardous
nature of Gorean society. The enslavement of either
Companion also immediately terminates the Companionship.
While typically in the upper Castes Companionships are
entered into for political purposes or monetary gain,
Companionship for love is also very common, and even in
arranged Companionships it is not unheard of.
Other than the above
restrictions on behavior, Free Women may do much as they
please. They can own property, maintain businesses, and so
forth. Many upper Caste Free Women have guards who accompany
them outside their homes, ride in sedan chairs, and have
personal slaves. While Free Women are usually allowed to
have their own slaves, including those for sexual use, they
are forbidden to couch with the slaves of others in some
cities, notably Ar. The penalty for such is immediate
reduction to slavery. Male slaves used for sexual purposes
by women are usually referred to as "silk slaves."
In this section we will
attempt to educate you on some of the varying types of Free
Women you may encounter in Gor.
Women of the Cities
of the Free Women of the City
Cultures on Gor
Free to retain her
name or petition magistrates to change her name.
Women who are enslaved have their names put upon
them and changed by their owners at any time. These
enslaved women may be named anything and have no
freedom of choice or say.
Free to utilize the
Free Women may petition the magistrate with
complaints, to enforce proper return of her Dowry
portion, etc. Women who are enslaved may not utilize
the legal system.
Free to refrain from
exercise and diet regimens.
Free Women are not forced to maintain certain body
weights and tones as are often women who are
testify without torture.
Women who are enslaved only give testimony under
torture. Free Women may take the stand without such
Free to refrain from
Men are considered outlaws by the city if they
refuse to perform their Caste work and are subject
to impalement. Free Women are permitted (and
generally encouraged by Gorean Society) to refrain
from Caste work. Society expects the Men to provide.
Free to spend coin on what she chooses.
Free Women in the possession of money can generally
spend the coin as she pleases on baubles, perfumes,
garments, etc.(unless otherwise restricted by the
Man responsible for her.) Women who are enslaved
have no coin and cannot purchase with freedom.
conceal her features
and not be judged on
her looks. Women who are enslaved are denied this
freedom and are forced to be viewed under the often
harshly appraising eye of Men.
Free to refrain from cooking & cleaning.
Free Women who do not desire to cook or clean may
rent slaves for a small fee from the city if they do
not have their own to perform these tasks. Women who
are enslaved do not have these options open to them
and may be spared from cooking only if their owner
decides to dine in the public kitchens.
bear and raise her children.
Free Women are cherished for their place in society
as the bearers and caregivers of future Goreans.
Women who are enslaved on rare occassion in the
books (and most notably in Tharna during post
revolution) bore children of their Masters. Other
slaves who carried children were kept on breeding
farms specifically for the breeding of slaves.
Free to eat what
and when it pleases her, without having to have
Women who are enslaved are not able to eat unless
given permission to eat by their owner (or
responsible Free), and must generally earn their
food with pleasing behavior. While enslaved women
often are fed the same foods as are being eaten by
the Free, they do not have the choice and may be
given undesirable foods especially if found
keep her thoughts and emotions private.
Free Women are not forced to reveal their deepest
thoughts and emotions. Their private thoughts, are
just that - private thoughts. Women who are enslaved
may be forced to reveal their deepest thoughts -
which are often used to better manage them.
Deception in revealing their thoughts is nearly
impossible. The skin of a slave, not hidden safely
between robes, may mottle or prickle in certain
situations, revealing to the Men that she is being
Free Women are not required to ask permission to
speak, as women who are enslaved often must in
certain situations. There are however, social
customs that guide the speech of Free Women.
Free Women are free to take loans and incur debt.
Women who are enslaved do not have this freedom.
perform financial transactions.
Free Women are free to deposit amounts of wealth in
banks, to draw letters of credit against those
funds, and perform other financial transactions.
Women who are enslaved may not perform financial
transactions on their own behalf.
Free to own
Free Women may in their own right, own all manner of
possessions - clothes, trinkets, jewelry, houses and
even businesses. Women who are enslaved may not own
anything. Even a decorative bracelet "given" to her
belongs to her owner and may be taken away on a
Free to be
"Deceit is a freedom of free women," I said.
"But it is not a freedom permitted to slave girls,
is it, Master?" she asked. "No," I said. ~
Free to sleep in comfort.
Free Women may sleep with blankets and on deep furs
on the couch in their quarters assuming the freedom
is not revoked for the night by a displeased
Companion. Women who are enslaved commonly sleep
chained on the floor at the foot of his couch or in
a kennel, and often with just enough cover to keep
her from becoming ill. Any comfort she gains
generally must be earned.
Free Women are permitted the benefits of citizenship
to the city. Women who are enslaved have no home
stone, no citizenship.
receive charity from caste.
Free Women finding
themselves in difficult situations may apply to
their Caste for assistance (food, shelter, clothing,
etc.) Women who are enslaved may not.
Free Women are free to negotiate with Men regarding
activities, plans, purchases, etc. Women who are
enslaved have nothing to negotiate with.
Free to have privacy.
Free Women have the privacy of their own quarters.
They also are allowed privacy to tend to personal
needs. Women who are enslaved must squat in clear
view over a pot if their owner desires.
Companionship is not marriage, but as close as it
gets on Gor. Free men and women have only one Free
Companion (presumably only one at a time).
There is no marriage, as we know it, on Gor, but
there is the institute of the Free Companionship,
which is its nearest correspondent. ~
One may have, at a given time, an indefinite
number of slaves, but only one Free Companion.
places there are no Free Companions
Additionally, this restriction on only one FC is
perhaps why the Free Companionship is not recognized
in Port Kar. We see mention of "His women" and "My
women" throughout scenes in Port Kar which refer to
both free women and slaves.
Port Kar does not recognize the Free
Companionship, but there are free women in the city,
who are known simply as the women of their men. ~
Companionship as social or political alliances
women are more often companioned to men who benefit
their families (fathers) politically.
Companionship with such a person, for anyone of
position or power, was unthinkable. It would result
in the equivalent of ostracism. With her as
companion one could be only rich. Companionship with
such a person, an ex-slave, one without caste, one
without family and position, would be, politically
and socially, a gross and incomparable mistake. ~
may make their own choice of companion
Surprisingly enough, a woman who is bought from her
parents, for tarns or gold, is regarded as a Free
Companion, even though she may not have been
consulted in the transaction. More commendably, a
free woman may herself, of her own free will, agree
to be such a companion. ~ Outlaw
Scribes of Law, especially if the match is a
These alliances, of interest to the expanding
Salerian Confederation, were not unwelcome. Such
alliances, naturally, might presage the entrance of
Fortress of Saphronicus into the Confederation,
which was becoming a growing power in the north. It
seemed not unlikely that the match would ultimately
prove profitable and politically expedient for both
Fortress of Saphronicus and the Salerian
Confederation. In the match, there was much to gain
by both parties. The Companion Contract, thus, had
been duly negotiated, with the attention of scribes
of the law from both Fortress of Saphronicus and the
Confederation of Saleria.
normally choose companions among their own caste.
If the companionship is of mixed caste, the woman
commonly keeps her own caste. The woman may
however change caste to that of the man.
Normally mating takes place among caste members,
but if the mating is of mixed caste, the woman may
elect to retain caste, which is commonly done, or be
received into the caste of the male companion.
is made by the man to the family of the female
Surprisingly enough, a woman who is bought from her
parents, for tarns or gold, is regarded as a Free
Companion, even though she may not have been
consulted in the transaction. ~ Outlaw
She replied proudly, "My bride price would be a
hundred tarns." I whistled softly to
myself--my ex-slave would have come high. On a
Warrior's allowance I would not have been able to
afford her. ~ Tarnsman
Women do not change their names upon being
free woman does not change her name in the ceremony
of the Free Companionship. She remains who she was.
In such a ceremony two free individuals have elected
to become companions. The Earth woman, as a
consequence of certain mating ceremonials, may
change her last name. The first and other names,
however, tend to remain constant.
removed in some cities Friends gather to celebrate
There may be a Companionship Feast
In certain cities, in connection with the free
companionship, the betrothed or pledged beauty may
wear eight veils, several of which are
ritualistically removed during various phases of the
ceremony of companionship; the final veils, and
robes, of course, are removed in private by the male
who, following their removal, arms interlocked with
the girl, drinks with her the wine of the
companionship, after which he completes the
ceremony. This sort of thing, however, varies
considerably from city to city. In some cities the
girl is unveiled, though not disrobed, of course,
during the public ceremony. The friends of the male
may then express their pleasure and joy in her
beauty, and their celebration of the good fortune of
their friend. ~ Slave Girl
end of the Companionship
Gorean Law, the companionship must be renewed each
year with the drinking of the wine. Either party
falling slave dissolves the companionship.
“The companionship is gone,” said Telima. “More than
a year has passed,” she pointed out, “and you have
not, together, repledged it.” “That is true,”
I admitted. By Gorean law the companionship, to be
binding, must, together, be annually renewed,
pledged afresh with the wines of love. “And,”
said Telima, “both of you were once enslaved, and
that, in itself, dissolves the companionship. Slaves
cannot stand in companionship.” ~ Captive
Jad as a daughter by a long-dissolved companionship.
She remains his to contract in companionship as
benefits him. Lurius of Jad, Ubar of the island of
Cos, was said, by a long-dissolved companionship, to
have a daughter.
Cos and Port Kar, of course, are enemies, but, if
the Companion Price offered Lurius were sufficient,
I would not expect him to hesitate in giving me the
girl. The alliance, of course, would be understood,
on all sides, as not altering the political
conditions obtaining between the cities. It was up
to Lurius to dispose of his daughter as he saw fit.
She might not desire to come to Port Kar, but the
feelings of the girl are not considered in such
matters. Some high-born women are less free than the
most abject of slave girls. ~ Hunters
Dress for Women
In most cities FW are
robes of concealment
Often wear gloves
"Free women, in most of the high
cities on Gor, particularly those of higher caste,
go veiled in public. Also they commonly wear the
robes of concealment, which cover them from head
to toe. Even gloves are often worn. There are many
reasons for this, having to do with modesty,
security, and such."
Normally, only a
father and a husband (FC I presume ~s~) may see a
woman unveiled. Normally, of men, only a father
and a husband may look upon the woman unveiled. ~
FW normally do not show their face to strangers.
(These particular unveiled "FW" are really slaves
to entertain men at a dinner party) "In my
city," I said, "free women would not permit
themselves to be seen unveiled before strangers."
Veils not required by law, they are a matter of
custom and modesty. The veil, it might be
noted, is not legally imperative for a free woman;
it is rather a matter of modesty and custom. Some
low-class, uncompanioned, free girls do not wear
veils. Similarly certain bold free women neglect
the veil. Neglect of the veil is not a crime in
Gorean cities, though in some it is deemed a
brazen and scandalous omission. ~ Slave Girl
On the whole, however, Gorean culture
prescribes the veil for free women. ~
FW guard their privacy, their feelings and
emotions. Veils conceal facial expressions which
reveal these emotions
On Gor, for free women, both body veiling and
face veiling are cultural, and tend to be widely
practiced. I suppose, objectively, there is
something more to be said for face veiling than
body veiling. Bodies, though differing remarkably,
one to the other, tend perhaps to be somewhat more
similar than faces. Accordingly, if one should
be concerned to protect one’s privacy and one’s
feelings, and such, it seems that the face might
preferably be veiled. In the face, surely, it is
easier to read emotion and individuality than in a
body. Should not the face then, if one is
concerned with concealment and privacy, be veiled?
Is the face not more personal and revealing than
the body? Does it not make sense then to consider
it a proper object of concealment in a free
person? Is one not entitled, so to speak, to
privacy in the matter of one’s thoughts and
feelings, sometimes so manifest in one’s facial
expressions? However this may be, there are
congruences and dispositions which seem
appropriate in given contexts. Veils seem correct,
and right, with the robes of concealment. ~
multitudinous,ornate She was now contained
precisely as she had been originally save that she
had exchanged the thick, multitudinous, ornate
Robes of Concealment, the proud, cumbersome
insignia of the free woman of Gor, for the simple
garment of a Chamber Slave and a burning wound on
her left thigh. ~ Priest Kings
Layers and layers of fabrics Silk, brocade, satin,
muslin The girl screamed but no one came to her
aid, and Elizabeth spun her about, peeling off
layers of Robes of Concealment until, in a heavy
pile of silk, brocade, satin and starched muslin
the girl stood in a sleeveless, rather brief
orange tunic, attractive, of a sort sometimes worn
by free women in the privacy of their own
quarters. ~ Assassin
Free Woman Work
Worn by rich
women when inspecting their holdings.
Full skirt falling six inches above the ground,
High boots, Jacket and loose hood, Veil
"She wore a full, beige skirt, the hem of which
fell to within some six inches of the ground, and
slim, high, black-leather boots, a beige blouse,
and a beige jacket, belted, which fell to her
thighs; too, she wore a loose hood, attached to
the jacket by hooks, of matching beige material,
and an opaque veil, also of beige material. Such
garments, far less formal than the common attire
of the Gorean free woman, are sometimes worn by
rich women in the supervision and inspection of
certain sorts of holdings, such as orchards,
fields, ranches and vineyards. They constitute,
for such women, so to speak, a habit for work."
~ Fighting Slave
areas it is a socially serious matter for a FW
to be unveiled. May be taken into custody
by guardsmen, veiled and forced home.
Repeated offenses usually result in enslavement.
"It must be understood, of course, to fully
appreciate what was going on, that the public
exposure of the features of a freewoman,
particularly one of high caste, or with some
pretense to position or status, is a socially
serious matter in many Gorean localities.
Indeed, in some cities an unveiled free woman is
susceptible to being taken into custody by
guardsmen, then to be veiled, by force if
necessary, and publicly conducted back to her
home. Indeed, in some cities she is marched back
to her home stripped, except for the face veil
which has been put on her. In these cases a
crowd usually follows, to see to what home it is
that she is to be returned. Repeated offenses in
such a city usually result in the enslavement of
the female. Such serious measures, of course,
are seldom required to protect such familiar
Gorean proprieties. Custom, by itself, normally
suffices." ~ Players
scorn an unveiled FW.
May make her kneel, as a slave, before attending
her in a market. Is spoken of as a slave, a
slut, An unveiled woman, for example, may
find other women turning away from her in a
market, perhaps with expressions of disgust.
Indeed, she may not even be waited upon, or
dealt with, in a market by a free woman unless
she first kneels. It would not be unusual for
her, in a crowded place, to overhear remarks,
perhaps whispers or sneers, of which she is the
obvious object, such as "Shameless slut,"
"brazen baggage," "As immodest as a slave," "I
wonder who her master is," and "Put a collar on
her!" And if she should attempt to confront or
challenge her assailants, she will merely find
such remarks repeated articulately and clearly
to her face."
"In Ar's Station," he said, "as in Ar, robes
of concealment, precisely, are not legally
obligatory for free women, no more than the
veil. Such things are more a matter of custom.
On the other hand, as you know, there are
statutes prescribing certain standards of
decorum for free women. For example, they may
not appear naked in the streets, as may slaves.
Indeed, a free woman who appears in public in
violation of these standards of decorum, for
example, with her arms or legs too much bared,
may be made a slave." ~ Renegades
to even think of baring their legs.
Such scandal could ruin a reputation. In
some cities, a woman with bared legs is taken to
magistrates and sentenced to slavery.
Contrariwise, almost no free woman would bare
her legs. They would not dare to do so. They
would be horrified even to think of it. The
scandal of such an act could ruin a reputation.
It is said on Gor, any woman who bares her legs
is a slave. Indeed, in some cities a free woman
who might be found with bare legs is taken in
hand by magistrates, tried and sentenced to
bondage. After the judge’s decision has been
enacted, its effect carried out upon her,
reducing her to the status of goods, sometimes
publicly, that she may be suitably disgraced,
sometimes privately, by a contract slaver, that
the sensitivities of free women in the city not
be offended, she is hooded and transported,
stripped and chained, freshly branded and
collared, a property female, slave cargo, to a
distant market where, once sold, she will begin
her life anew, fearfully, as a purchased girl,
tremulously as the helpless and lowly slave she
Forms of Address
As shown below in quotes, Men addressed Men by
caste or position (Warrior, Officer, Praetor,
Guardsman), by name, or as "Sir", or sometimes
"Master". They also addressed other Men as
"Stranger", "Fellow", "Man of (City)" or
"Citizen". Men addressed Women as "Lady",
or with her name such as "Lady Florence".
Women addressed Men by caste or position, by
name, or as "Sir". Women addressed other
Women by name or position ("Keeper").
Q & A on FW
relations with FM
FW must fight
passion to protect their honor and dignity
A FW remains cool and in control of herself,
even in the arms of her companion
Women who have not been previously owned,
like free women, for the most part, even if
naked and collared, do not yet understand their
sexuality. That can only be taught to them by a
man, they helpless in his power. An unowned
girl, a free woman, thus, can never experience
her full sexuality. A corollary to this, of
course, is that a man who has never had an owned
woman in his arms does not understand the full
power of his manhood. Sexual heat, it might be
mentioned, is looked upon in free women with
mixed feelings; it is commanded, however, in a
slave girl. Passion, it is thought, deprives
the free woman to some extent of her freedom and
important self-control; it is frowned upon
because it makes her behave, to some extent,
like a degraded female slave; free women, thus,
to protect their honor and dignity, their
freedom and personhood, their individuality,
must fight passion; the slave girl, of
course, is not entitled to this privilege; it is
denied to her, both by her society and her
master; while the free woman must remain cool
and in control of herself, even in the arms of
her companion, to avoid being truly "had,"
the slave girl is permitted do such luxury; her
control is in the hands of her master, and she
must, upon the mere word of her master,
surrender herself, writhing, to the humiliating
heats of a degraded slave girl's ecstasy. Only
when a woman is owned can she be fully enjoyed.
Why do Free
Women not Dance like Slaves?
of course, may begin in dozens of ways,
sometimes even with the girl roped or chained at
a man’s feet. I looked at Tende. To be sure,
only a slave dance could begin from such a
posture. No free woman, for example, would
dare to place herself in such a position before
Gorean free men, unless perhaps, weary of her
misery and frustration, she was begging them,
almost explicitly, to put her in a collar.
There are many stories of Gorean free women,
sometimes of high caste, who, as a lark or in a
spirit of bold play, dared to dance in a paga
tavern. Often, perhaps to their horror, they
found themselves that very night hooded and
gagged, locked in close chains, lying on their
back, their legs drawn up, fastened in a wagon,
chained by the neck and ankles, their small
bodies bruised on its rough boards as they,
helpless beneath a rough tarn blanket, are
carried through the gates of their city.
Why FW hate
intrigue and captivate Men with the sexuality
that FW must deny
"Suppose," I said, "that I was, in my
compartments, entertaining a free woman. In such
a situation you would be expected to efface
yourself, and humbly serve. You would not speak
unless you were spoken to, and then presumably
only to respond deferentially to commands. You
would remain in the background, a mere imtrument
to serve us. In no way would you in the
slightest be permitted to detract from the
impression or effect the free woman desires to
create or compete with her in any way. You would
be nothing in the room but an almost invisible
"I see," she said.
"And yet this is all on the surface," I said,
"and largely a matter of theory."
"Oh, Master?" she asked.
"Yes," I said, "for in the depth of the
situation your presence is felt profoundly by
the free woman. Indeed, she will hate you with a
ferocity which is difficult for you to
understand. For you are a reproach, in the
depths of your womanhood, to her superficiality.
There is more excitement she knows in your
slightest movement, the turning of your head,
the tiny movement of a wrist or finger, that of
a girl in bondage, than in her entire, tight,
proud, righteous body. She can never touch you
in the profundity of your existence and reality
unless sometime she, too, should loam what it is
to be only a collared slave. She knows that
you have found your womanhood and she has not
Thus she hates you. She knows the free man is
anxious for her to leave that he may hurry you,
his slave, to the furs. Thus she hates you. It
is you whom he has put in his collar, not her.
It is you he rapes in his arms, not her. It is
thus that she despises and hates you. She must
rise and leave. You will remain, and serve.
She hates you, and, with a depth and intensity
which is diffictilt for you to understand,
"But why?" she asked.
"Because you are a slave," I said.
"I see," she said.
"Thus," I said, "that is a situation in which a
free woman is theoretically of more interest
than a slave, but, upon closer analysis, the
center of interest, even in such a situation,
because of her latency, her womanhood, her
helplessness, what can be done with her, is the
For interfering with the entertainment of men
- Hog tied
Hood, blindfold and gag are threatened
When found to be irritable or troublesome
- Stripped &
chained to sleep on stone floor, no blanket or mat
For just being an irritation
Gagged Being stripped
and manacled is threatened
For shaming a mans village (homestone)
For disregarding a mans instructions
naked and put in a slave kennel for the night
As Free Prisoners/Captives objecting to being naked
- Lashed by
Daughter of an Ubar begging as a slave
be suspended naked, on a forty foot rope from one of
the high bridges, to be lashed by tarnsmen, sweeping
past her in flight
enslaved by men of their own city
and privately auctioned sometimes a mere pasang from
where they had lived
Collared for smiling at being complimented -
regarded as right to enslave a natural slave
A Slaver contracted to obtain a
certain Free Woman -
"You were foolish to hire
mercenaries to guard you," said Targo.
"Please!" she cried. I recognized her then. She
was the woman with the retinue. I felt pleasure.
"Please!" wept the woman. I admitted to myself that
she was beautiful. "You have an admirer," Targo
told her, "a Captain of Tyros, who glimpsed you in
Lydius last fall. He has contracted to buy you
privately in Ar, to be taken to his pleasure gardens
on Tyros. He will pay one hundred pieces of gold."
Several of the girls gasped. "Who?’ asked the
captive, plaintively. "You will learn when you
are sold to him," said Targo. "Curiosity is not
becoming in a Kajira," said Targo. "You might be
beaten for it." ~ Captive
Enslaved on a ship when
considered troublesome -
There have been occasions recorded
when a free woman, usually one who has been haughty
and troublesome, has been, by order of the captain,
who is supreme on the vessel, simply stripped and
enslaved on board. ~ Guardsman
Remanded to magistrate and enslaved when found to
enjoy slave items
Enslaved to become an actress
by young men and sold out of the city
Publicly enslaved when the woman is a particularly
Captured and enslaved by tarnsmen
Enslaved when ship is taken in battle
city is conquered in battle
- Free women
of conquered city put on pleasure racks for use of the
Then enslaved, collared, branded, sold
Enslaved upon the wishes of a man
Enslaved by one to whom a debt is owed