Kirk, Honey. It's Me, Spock!

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News Media Commentary
Title: Kirk, Honey. It's Me, Spock!
Commentator: Julie Madsen
Date(s): 01 September 2002
Venue: Utne Reader
Fandom: slash
External Links: Kirk, Honey. It's Me, Spock!; archive link
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Kirk, Honey. It's Me, Spock! is an article about slash fanfiction. The article's topic line says: "Women's fantasies find a powerful outlet in these strange stories about odd couples."

The article informs its readers that "If you've been hiding inexplicable fantasies about steamy sex between, say, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock of Star Trek fame, you can now breathe a sigh of relief-it's not as freakish as you may think. And you're definitely not alone."

An article by Audrey Lemon, published in the zine "Good Girl"[1] is cited as a source for this article.

On the definition of slash:

Slash is a subgenre of fantasy fiction in which writers compose their own plots for favorite pop culture characters. Slash (which gets its name from the way stories are categorized; a Kirk and Spock story is labeled K/S) tends to be written by heterosexual females about homosexual relationships between male characters portrayed as heterosexual or asexual in their TV shows. The name also alludes to a violent element in the story lines, in which one character typically is in danger and awaiting rescue by the other.

On Why Slash:

Lemon has heard several theories about what inspires this longing for eccentric fiction, which draws heavily from the damsel-in-distress motif of heterosexual romance novels. Some writers point to a dissatisfaction with male TV characters, who are often portrayed as wooden and emotionally aloof. Others-especially the gay male minority of slash writers-see the genre establishing more of a gay presence in the media, where homosexuality is either absent or devoid of intimacy. In this way, slash is a form of culture jamming: writers infuse characters from TV-land's numbing banality with emotion and sensuality.

For others, of course, it's just about imagining two beautiful, naked men having sex.

But, as Lemon asserts, such theories still don't take into account someone like her, a self-described 'fat girl, shy girl, queer girl' who imagines these fantasies and feels compelled to craft them into stories. Nor do they explain why this new form of erotica, written by women for women, never contains women's bodies.

Reactions and Reviews

In the latest issue of Utne Reader you will find a short article on slash (with K/S references) along with a cute little cartoon of our Captain and Spock. Interestingly, it is the second time I’ve ever come across press mention of K/S, and in the same magazine! [2]


  1. Audrey Lemon in Good Girl. How slash saved me, Winter 2002. (Accessed 24 April 2012)
  2. from a fan in The K/S Press #72