Friday, May 19, 2006

Anglo-American Eccentricity

The pleasant north eastern town of Darlington is doing its bit to foster the Brit reputation for eccentricity.

Darlington has a pretty town center, and hosts a famous Real Ale festival and a dog show. But many southern Brits still stigmatize its inhabitants (along with other northerners) as spending too much time breeding
whippets. Now some locals have put this stereotype firmly behind them (my ellipsis):
Mr Thompson...was banned from a butcher's shop in the town for turning up with a young woman on a leash, said: "I have been called sick but I don't think what I do is bad."
Neither apparently did the young woman:
..police uncovered a sect whose followers base their lives on science fiction novels advocating the sexual enslavement of women.

However, a police spokesman said no criminal activity was discovered and all those involved were "consenting adults".
Turns out this is another Anglo-American collaboration:
The so-called Kaotian sect is a splinter group of the Goreans, who have about 25,000 followers in Britain. They base their lives on a series of novels written by John Norman, the pen name of the elderly American university professor, John Frederick Lange.

The books describe life on the planet of Gor, where society is divided into castes and women are kept as slaves.
Tipper is not going to like this.