Last week, I posted my thoughts on “Marriage and M/s.” In complete coincidence, Patrick Mulcahey, presenter and writer about the gay leatherman and M/s lifestyle, wrote his experiences for Leatherati this week. Patrick’s words ring from experience and the viewpoint of a gay man, but his thoughts on M/s and marriage give another point of view that I think you’ll enjoy reading about.
“Have you ever heard of coverture?” he asked.
“It’s not a secret ceremony involving a chauffeur’s hat?”
“It’s a legal construction that governed marriage in the western world until the late 19th century, and beyond in many places. A single woman had certain rights under the law, to own property and execute contracts, for instance. Once married — her ‘coverture’ — she lost those rights. She was under her husband’s authority and protection, stripped of her surname and given his, and considered chattel.”
“Wait. So ‘traditional marriage’ is a Master/slave dynamic?”
You can find the full article here – “Five Weddings, Four Lawyers, Three Ghosts, One Bound Bear.” Please give it a read, it’s a wonderful story and some interesting thoughts on the Master/slave dynamic.
I’m down for the count the past two days with a pretty nasty cold, and we’re in the middle of back-to-back event weekends, so right now, the only thing “M/s’y” we’re doing involves the normal protocol and daily chaos. We’ll see what tomorrow brings, but for now, I’m headed to bed for a nap.