About Slash (Revised
If you don't know what slash is, read one of these articles. Short definition:
Slash is fan-written fiction about existing characters (usually from TV,
sometimes from movies). It pairs male characters in romantic and/or sexual
"Woman-written 'slash' fiction couples male characters
from film and TV." by Neva Chonin, Special to SF Gate, Sept 1999.
I thought this article was really funny. She's sympathetic to the cause,
CONTENT: The X-Rated Files.
"An online community of female writers
hijack male TV characters into erotic scenarios too hot for the small
screen." by Austin Bunn, April 2000.
And now, ladies, just for yourselves . . . When Harry met Garry
by Hannah Betts, in the London Times, Saturday July 7, 2001. Another story that asks "Why do women like this?" but also gives us Political Slash: Brown/Blair.
Digital Land Grab
Jenkins "Media corporations are stealing our cultural heritage. Can
we take it back? Presumably, the right to free expression does not extend
to the right to participate in your culture." I happen to think it's
okay to write about other people's stories and characters. See why Henry
Jenkins, author of Textual Poachers, agrees.
Spock, Lookin' Good
by Lakshmi Chaudry in Wired, September 2000.
Minding One's P's
and Q's: Homoeroticism in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Kibbey, 1998. A more academic (dry) treatment of slash.
Slash and Yearn.
by Mariko Tamaki, May 18, 2000. In Canada's Xtra.com, a gay and lesbian media group.
by Nancy Schulz, April 29, 2001. In The Washington Post Online. "Mad for Mulder? Got a Jones for Buffy? Juiced by 'JAG'? In the Fanfiction Realm, You Can Make the Plot Quicken." (Not so much about slash, mostly about fanfiction.)