I am gonna assume for the sake of argument, that you are not using the word byzantine in reference to architecture or a period in time, or even the byzantinan culture. Please correct me if that is a grave social and political faux paux. I am thinking your connotation refers to something secretive, nefarious and scheming. I will put the best possible light on this statement you have made and try to consider it as something you belive to be true based on some experience. We often, when we misunderstand or simply do not understand something feel some paranoid about it, for instance; how many of you that don't speak spanish, when you see two spanish speaking people in front of you think that they are talking about you? Raise your hands; thank you. I think that there are those who claim to be Goreans that are nefarious, scheming and secretive.... I think there are plots in the book about that. I also think there are Goreans who are fine upstanding humans. I think they come in old and new healthy and infirm, real and online, BDSM and not. Hell, I suspect that there is someone who identifies as Gorean that has murdered someone. I see Goreans who are accepting of homosexuals, transvestites, male submissives and so on, my personal belief is that the overwhelming majority are not accepting of them. Well, it differs from the general populus how? My experience has been that the men and women I talk to, will gladly try to answer questions if asked whether the answer is percieved as good or bad. They are fairly accepting; in the main; of my not being Gorean or interested in becoming Gorean. While I am on that subject, many people are also quite closed minded about those who do not accept judeo-christianity.
End of joke. What did you come here to see? Are you different from the "VANILLA'S"? (we should also quit using that like it is a scathing thing.) If you came here to find like people and acceptance of your 'abnormal behavior' (there! flame that!) don't you owe it to the community if you publicly blurt out something like that byzantine statement to put a little expression into how that's true from experience so it can be assimilated by all of our community, and accepted or rejected out of hand? Now, I am not a peacemaker, as all of you know, and short of patience. I will assure that my flaming skills are far beyond the average mfs. I would like to see some of these Gorean threads go thru some logical conversation maybe understand more of which I don't know...... and that is how they reconcile what they see as Gorean with us or without us. Now, that's just me, and I am by no means the keeper of the right way or the only way, many others here may not want these things to go forward. But at least the inflammatory statements should be stylish.
Have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two? Judges 5:30