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The Psychology of Slavery

The Psychology of Slavery

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BDSM, The Leather Lifestyle, Old Gaurd.... what ever you want to call the Dominant/submissive relationship between two consenting adults ... this article may help you understand the mindset and actions of both the Dominant and the submissive.



BDSM, The Leather Lifestyle, Old Gaurd.... what ever you want to call the Dominant/submissive relationship between two consenting adults ... this article may help you understand the mindset and actions of both the Dominant and the submissive.

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The Psychology of SlaveryUnderstanding Consensual SlaveryBy Norische
Aeschylus – Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for himenslaved by another’s might.Throughout time millions of individuals have fought and died to free their brother, friend,and child from the oppressions of slavery. Every nation, every country, every culture has been touched by the strong-arm of involuntary slavery; nowhere in our society today canyou find a man whose heritage has not in some way been influenced by the chains that bind a slave to his Master. Helen Keller stated “there is no king who has not had a slaveamong his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.”Is it not man’s plight to free the enslaved, enlighten the oppressed, and educate theignorant? How is it then that we, as free people, strive to enslave those that we feelworthy of such a status? How can we take away the freedom of one individual when weourselves would gladly lay down our lives to free another? Men and women for generations have fought side by side to gain the rights and freedoms that we presentlyhold so dear; how can we in good conscience then take away that which we hold to sucha high esteem.Even with all its magnificent enlightenment, and pseudo democratic policies this world isanything but free. Based on a compilement of reports from governmental and non-governmental organizations, there are perhaps 27 million individuals currently held innon-voluntary slavery existing within our world today; between 700,000 and 4 millionindividuals were brought into America in the last 3 yrs alone. Hidden deep within thecamouflage of cheap or immigrant labor; people are being “indentured” quite literally todeath. Within organized crime, human trafficking is the second largest racket. Humantrafficking is the third biggest illegal trade world wide, which makes annual profit of upto $5 billion to $7 billion after drugs smuggling and gun running. Children sold to sweatshops in third world countries, young women sold to brothels, young men sold to minesand farms, the list is endless. Over population and financial depression has created a newclass of individuals.In 1850 a slave would have been sold for the equivalent of $40,000.00. In today’s slavelabor farms you can buy an individual for as little as $90.00 US. These individuals areconsidered a disposable commodity and find themselves living in horrible conditions,filled with disease and death. Today much of the slavery that exists in our world can beconsidered economic slavery; a mother needs money to feed her three children, so shesells her oldest child to a mine so that she can have the money to feed the other two.Unfortunately, when that money runs out she may end up selling another child, andanother until she is left alone with no other option but to go into slavery herself. It is avicious cycle that leads to a long road of suffering and despair.
 
The definitions of slavery have changed as the centuries progressed. In the past a slavewas considered property, and treated as you would a fine piece of Chippendale furniture.You would make sure that they had food, shelter, and that they were kept in good health,after all they were an investment and you had to make sure you got your money’s worth.In today’s civilized society slavery has taken on several new meanings. In many areas of the world slavery is commonly understood to be a negative connotation, something that isatrocious and inhumane. In other more economically challenged areas, slavery is viewedas an economically sound way to obtain cheap labor…in these areas slaves are viewed asdisposable. When an individual becomes ill, weak or old they are merely discarded or killed, at the convenience of the slave owner; it is far cheaper to by another slave than to buy the medicine to keep a slave healthy.With all this inhumanity drowning the civilized society that we live in today, how is itthat some individuals willingly go into slavery. How can an individual whose heritage iswrought with fighting oppression and discrimination, willingly allow themselves to beenslaved?
African American
In 1509 a trading expedition from Portugal brought to Spanish Florida, the first AfricanAmericans into our great nation. From that day forward the African Americans presentwithin this nation have been fighting for equality and freedom. After centuries of struggleis it possible for an individual to strive to go back to a thing now considered immoral andinhuman?When an African American decides to willingly give up their freedom and enter intoconsensual slavery, what type of psychological trauma do they go through? Whensomeone that is of African decent makes this life choice, there are many things that mayhold him or her back. Even if an individual were able to discuss their choices with his or her family, they would undoubtedly find rather stiff opposition; the same may beexpected from friends. There may not be anyone to talk to that is of his/her ownnationality or culture, no one that will not condemn them for making a choice that doesnot support their point of views. People will not see it as an individual seeking thecomfort of a collar and the wondrous joy of being called slave, they will see an AfricanAmerican being trapped into slavery again; the difficulty will be multiplied if the Master or Mistress is Caucasian. The outside world will see the oppressed being pushed back down and crushed under the harsh thumb of the “Massa”.To those outside the BDSM realm there are many ideas that contradict the pride andfulfillment of becoming a slave. For example: a collar is not something to be proud of; itis something to be ashamed of, something that negates centuries of struggle and progress.To be led by an individual on a chain, is degrading, not something that can be done withhonor or dignity. To call someone Master is morally wrong, not something that you relishor dream of. To proudly admit to being a slave is to spit on the graves of all those whodied fighting for your freedom. To willingly take the brand of your Master is to slit your own throat in the eyes of humanity, an act of barbarism, and an offence to the very Godthat gave you an existence.
 
Samuel Adams stated “The right to freedom being the gift of the Almighty God, it is notin the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.”Facing all this opposition, is it not evident the inner strength that must be present for someone to willingly give up all that they hold dear, all that they cherish, to exchangecenturies of heritage for a small band of leather. The heart of a slave is not shriveled,starved for attention, frightened by the cruel realities one must face in our world today. No, quite the contrary a slave’s heart is over flowing with honor, dedication and pride; beating strong for both slave and Master/Mistress, living every second with the fullknowledge that they are cherished and knowing well their place within this universe.Is it now possible to understand more clearly the psychological turmoil that a slave mustgo through? Is it now clearly visible that one does not enter into this devotion easily? Doyou now understand the opposition that each slave must face before they kneel for thefirst time before their owner?
Females
Two thirds of all illiterate individuals are females. 70% of the world’s poor are women,while women represent only 1% of the worlds wealthy. Women are paid 30% to 40% lessthan male employees, even though statistics show that they work 67% of the world’sworking hours. 840 million individuals go malnourished around the world, 450 millionwomen of reproductive age are disable due to malnutrition even though women produce80% of the food in Africa and 50% of the food in South Asia.Women were not given the right to vote until the 16
th
amendment, which was ratified onAugust 16
th
1920; black men, former slaves, were given the right to vote in 1863. Womenhave been viewed as second-class citizens for centuries.Susan B. Anthony was one of the strongest advocates of Women's rights in the mid-19thcentury, and is a representative figure of this politically oriented types of feminists politics. . IN 1872 she was arrested after casting an 'illegal' vote in the presidentialelection. She was fined $100 but refused to pay. She delivered this speech in 1873.Friends and fellow citizens: I stand before you tonight under indictment for the allegedcrime of having voted at the last presidential election, without having a lawful right tovote. It shall be my work this evening to prove to you that in thus voting, I not onlycommitted no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen's rights, guaranteed to meand all United States citizens by the National Constitution, beyond the power of any stateto deny.The preamble of the Federal Constitution says:"We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfectunion, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for thecommon defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish thisConstitution for the United States of America."

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