Slash

For anyone who doesn’t know what Slash means.

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Way back during the 70s, as far as I’ve been able to find out from fellow Slash fans, there were Star Trek fans who decided to pair, or “slash,” Kirk and Spock.  As in Kirk/Spock.

The “slash” denotes a non-hetero romantic relationship between two named characters who are represented in the series/movie as heterosexual.

Thing is, the same thing is done for hetero pairings, as well, but that’s called Ship, as in relationship.  So, the classifications for fanfic end up being Gen (General, no romantic relationships), Slash, and Ship.  Unfortunately, in our hetero-majority world, too many authors think it’s fine to insert Ship in Gen stories, and for us Slashers, that just ain’t right.

Now, thanks to new shows whose leads are either gay, lesbian, trans, or non-binary, one would think that Ship’s definition would change from traditional hetero to “established”.  One would think.  BUT, sadly, they’re still called Slash.  It’s just that, they aren’t Slash.  They’re “established” Ship.  But, no one will read your story if you list it as Ship, even though the pair aren’t hetero.

There are fandoms that are also ambiguous.  Torchwood is a good example.  Captain Jack Harkness is an omnisexual.  He sleeps with men, women, and asexual aliens (don’t ask how that works).  But when his stories are put online, he’s almost always listed in “Slash” because his main relationship is with Ianto Jones.

Now, Slash can be rated anything from NC-17 to G, or, if you prefer to use ratings that aren’t created by the bastards at MCAA, “Mature” to “All Ages.”  Relationships can then be listed like every fiction story ever written: drama, comedy, horror, suspense, etc.  The relationship can also be listed as casual, serious, fucked up, whatever.  The category or tags used, if any, will denote what kind of fic it is.

So, that’s the skinny about Slash.  Go read to your heart’s content or whatever. 😉