Collars, or slave collars of one sort of another, are a common tool of both Enslavement and Reinforcement in consensual enslavement relationships. This includes collar replacing items like necklaces, bracelets and anklets or anything which is worn constantly or at least most of the time which indicate ownership to the people involved. Not everyone uses or keeps using them but that does not change their initial or ongoing usefulness.
The three most common kinds of slave collars are leather collars, usually with one to three rings on them. The Turian or round metal bar in a circle which is hinged and closed either with a lock or an Allen screw on the opposite side from the hinge. It may or may not include a ring. The third type is a plate or flat metal band also in a circle which is usually hinged in one or two places and closed with either a lock or an Allen screw. The Turian collar is one of the things taken from the Gorean books and incorporated into common BDSM usage. It is not the same thing as the torc slave collars used by the Norse. The plate collars come from historical slave collars except that they were not usually worn most or all the time.
The key part of this tool is the symbolism that a slave collar of any sort has come to have among people involved in consensual enslavement and various BDSM relationships. It shows both Control and ownership. A collar that is not removable by the slave is an even more powerful symbol. The fact that there is an object on their body which they cannot remove is a similar symbol. The strength of the symbol is continued and maintained even if it is later replaced by something which can be removed. If the collar includes a ring it can also be used as an attachment point for various sorts of bindings or a leash.
Using a collar, especially a locking collar, in a Collaring Ceremony denoting the transition from free to slave can be a powerful symbol and an excellent transition point where that line is crossed. The sound of the first time the collar lock closes is often remembered very strongly and powerfully. Each time the slave hears the lock close it reinforces that first time so I have found it useful to pause for a second or so before I close the lock so the slave can hear it clearly.
When you combine the putting on of a collar and locking it in place with kneeling or the Gorean slave position known as Nadu or alternatively using the Submission Position, it adds another level of reinforcement. I mention elsewhere the Ritual I use with changing between the locking collar and a necklace my slaves wear. I use the Submission Position only for the initial collaring ceremony and the modified, hands behind, Nadu for the other times. Actions which recall other actions of significance also reinforce the effect of what you are doing. A collar can be a very good cross reference point for that effect.
27 September 2018
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