Gorean refers to a kink lifestyle that originated in the novels of science fiction writer John Norman. Those who participate in the Gorean lifestyle, or "Goreans," tend to follow a master-slave relationship structure, although slavery is not required to be Gorean. The Gorean identity is built around Home Stone (the home), Caste System (the career and the status it brings), and the Order of Nature (the gender role).
Although the Goreans in Norman's novels hailed from the planet Gor, many human fans of the writer’s work have adopted the Gorean lifestyle. It shares key concepts of servitude and slavery with the BDSM model. Despite this, however, most Goreans do not see their lifestyle as a type of BDSM.