Value Of A Slave

Author: Raven Shadowborne © 7-22-2004


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To many, slaves are considered owned property. Many take this to mean that those who prefer a master / slave relationship see slaves as having no value or worth, as no more important than a rug or other property. This is not true in the vast majority of cases.

Legally in many countries slavery does not exist. In a master / slave lifestyle sense, slavery is a consensual state where one person has willingly given up their rights and becomes owned. In doing so, they agree to be bound by their owner’s limits (if any), rules, expectations, desires, etc. and to put their owner’s wants and needs before their own. This does not remove a slave’s legal rights in the eyes of society and the law. However, by submitting in this manner, many slaves, in their own hearts and minds, have done just that. The words slave and owner are used with this definition in mind throughout the paragraphs below.

The question of a slave’s worth or value is one that often comes up in discussions and seems to be a question that many automatically believe the worst of. Many instantly assume that property must mean no value. Thus a slave who is property also has no value. This just is not true for either material possessions or slaves.

Property, of any type, must have some value in order for a person to have purchased or acquired it in the first place and for them to continue to own it. Value is affected by such things as usefulness, aesthetic properties, need, price, how long the person had to wait before getting it, personal opinions/beliefs/viewpoints, emotional and psychological attachments, how well it works, and whether or not it makes the owner happy in some way. The more useful an item is, the more value it has in its owner’s eyes. For example, a dishwasher has more value in the eyes of someone who truly hates doing dishes by hand than for someone who likes doing dishes. Items such as furniture, clothing and home decorations have their value directly affected by their appearance, comfort, expense, usefulness and things of this nature. Every possession a person owns has value to them for different reasons.

People in general, have value simply by being human beings. Such things as apply to objects also affect the value of people, to other people. But they also have the added areas of emotional attachment, interpersonal skills, compatibility, hobbies, intelligence and things such as these. The better people get along with one another, the more value they have to each other. The more areas of compatibility between people the more value they have to one another. The stronger the emotional tie between people also makes them more valuable to one another. Personal views and opinions that people make about others affect how valuable that person is to them. For example, men who distrust women will not value women as much as they do other men, or vice versa. So people, in general, have the added value of being people and all that entails.

Many believe that a slave is automatically of greater value than other possessions simply because they are human beings and people are more valuable than material possessions. So just because a person is a slave, they are not less valuable than other people, or material goods. Some view slaves as pets. Pets are often a valuable and well-loved member of the family or household. Slaves who are viewed as pets are also valuable members of the family, or household. Because they are, in fact, people and not animals they are usually seen as more valuable than a real pet.

Such things as those mentioned above affect a slave’s value. But also included in the measuring of their value are such things as experience, past training, their abilities, attitude, desire to please, their ability to be pleasing, and more. How much value a specific dominant places on these things varies, so I am speaking in generalities here. The more experience a slave has, the more value the slave has. Experience is usually a catalyst for growth; in a slave this means they have attained more personal growth than a slave with little or no experience at all. This growth affects such areas as the desire to please, the ability to please, training, attitude, behavior, abilities and more. Thus these areas will be stronger in a slave with experience, increasing that slave’s value. A slave’s abilities are also varied, but included in this are such things as cooking, handling budgets; job related abilities or any other specific task the slave is capable of doing. Some slaves are even sent for schooling or additional training in order to handle a task for their owner or just to be able to do something their owner wants them to do. The greater the slave’s ability to grow and adjust, to be trained in other words, the more valuable the slave is. The greater the slave’s desire and willingness to please, the more value the owner will place on that slave.

For those who have emotional attachments to their slave, the deeper and more intense those emotions are, the more valuable the slave is to them. To those who live a master / slave lifestyle, a slave is property but valuable property and is to be treated as such. Most owners do not want doormats. They want intelligent, capable people as slaves. How much value an owner places on those things varies with each owner. But the more important these traits are to the owner, the more valuable the slave who has these traits will be.

There are master / slave relationships where love is not a part of the relationship. This does not mean there is no emotional attachment at all, but romantic love is not the basis for or a basic part of the relationship. In these relationships, the slave’s value is directly affected by the services they provide and how they provide those services. Since this relationship focuses mostly on the dynamics between the people involved there is more emphasis placed on the traits that are specific to a slave’s value and less emphasis on those for other property and people in general. Their value tends to be strictly, or mostly, service based. The better service the slave provides to their owner, the more value that slave will have to their owner.

So does a slave have a value? The simple and truthful answer is yes they do have value. Why they have value, and how much their owners value them, differs from relationship to relationship, and even slave to slave. But every slave has value and worth as a possession, a human being and as a slave.

**This article is written with the terminology of BDSM for ease in writing.






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