In some ancient societies slaves had very limited legal rights. In others substantial portions of the slave population was raised for government service. Being the property of the rule was thought to make them loyal to his wishes. Some of those had very comfortable lives and political power.
But the majority of the world’s legal slaves were just beasts of the field. With no more rights and less value than a horse. The slave increased their owners’ wealth by labor. They weren’t psychosexual playthings.
Today voluntary slaves are known to sign contracts disclaiming their civil rights. Contracts that reject their legal invalidity. Pointless, expect for the thrill of the act. You can’t give away your civil rights.
One of the most common and dispiriting assertions in vanilla articles on BDSM is that the bottom is really the boss. Silliness. Safewords and stop words aren’t abrogation of power. They demonstrate the top’s risk aware responsibility. None of us really wants them. We want to visit the hospital or the morgue even less.
Tops who refuse safewords I can’t respect. They aren’t worth discussing.
Consensual slaves are exactly that. Their slavery ends the instant consent is withdrawn. They are stupefied by their craving for the absolute.
How would this human property react were master or mistress to take a handsaw and cut off hands and feet,
Would they consent to being put to death?
Originally posted 2013-02-14 23:27:51.