November 2, 2014 discussion: Fiscal Responsibility and M/s

Please come and join us for another meeting of MAsT:MetroNY: A discussion group for people who identify or are interested in identifying as either Master/slave or Owner/property power exchange dynamics.
The following is a topic teaser for the November 2nd meeting:

When one thinks of the terms “Master” and “slave” one may often think of a very clearly delineated power structure wherein one person is in total charge and the other relinquishes their control. But does this control extend to finances? There have been many urban legends with regards to fiscal responsibility within the power exchange dynamic. As a result many questions have been raised.

Should the Owner be financial stable enough to provide full support to the one owned? Is it reasonable, particular in today’s economy, for a slave to expect to be fully supported by their Owner? What provision, if any, should be made for a wholly dependent slave for the possibility of dismissal? How would they then fend for themselves?

We have seen some Owners require “tribute” or financial remuneration for those in service to them. Though the perception is that it is commonly female identified Owners who do so, there are also some male identified Owners who do so as well. Is it ethical? Does their gender make a difference? Should it?

How much fiscal responsibility should be borne by the slave? Are they responsible for themselves? Should they be? And what happens in the case of accident or illness to either the Owner or the one owned? If the Owner is incapacitated and was the sole provider for the household what must be expected of the slave? What mechanisms must be put in place before one becomes and Owner or owned? If one does not have extensive resources available for contingencies does that mean that they are not qualified to be a Master?

During the many years I have been in this lifestyle I have heard a variety of viewpoints, many of which have stirred a bit of controversy. In a lifestyle that is considered “alternative” do we use mainstream sensibilities to determine how we address issues of fiduciary responsibility or should we use an alternative formula.

Masters and Slaves Together Metro New York chapter will discuss this matter at its next meeting on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at the LGBT Center at 208 West 13th Street, NYC, between 7th and 8th Aves. From 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The admission is $4 for members, $5 for reciprocal members and $8 for all others.

Please be advised that there will be an extensive business meeting which may shorten the regular length of the discussion for this meeting.

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