[M/s 365] Another View on Marriage and M/s

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.

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Master Michael S

International Master 2014. Member of: Chicago Leather Club, Chicago Leathermen Group, MAsT: Greater Chicago. Longtime leatherman. One of the Four Horsemen.

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