Boys in Chains
|Name:||Boys in Chains|
|Date(s):||2000 – 2005|
October 2014 – present
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Boys in Chains was a hand-coded multifandom slash fan fiction archive (with a companion mailing list, boysinchains and BIC-Announcements) devoted to fanworks about "power inequalities" or "structurally unequal relationships."
The original archive categories were slavefic, prisonfic, hookerfic, and Tie Me Up Fic (the archive's category for BDSM themes). The mission statement was expanded on 29 May 2007 to "make it clear that list members may post fan fiction and original fiction in the categories of m/m slash, f/f slash, gen, and het. Yaoi, yuri, and gay/lesbian fiction are also welcomed."[note 1]
From their main website:
"This site was created and is maintained by delicate, etiquette-oriented young women who are looking for academic discussions about how slashing characters built in a capitalistic system reclaims our power.
Did you buy that? Poor, innocent sod.
Honestly, we like fic, we like boys and we like chains (although RavenD's not at all opposed to leather). This is a happy home for all of the above.
In addition to the fan fiction archive, the website hosted art and photo manips focusing on themes of dominance and submission. Samples are below and more can be found in the Boys in Chains Art Gallery (via Wayback) or in the Chains AO3 Collection.
Timeline and History
- August 26, 2000: The Boys in Chains Slave!Fic Archive opens at http://www.ravenswing.com/bic. The original staff is as follows:
- September 25, 2000: RavenD solicits stories for a new "Girls in Chains" section of the archive, devoted to f/f slash.
- September 28, 2000: The archive acquires its first gen story.
- October 4, 2000: The archive acquires its first anime story.
- October 10, 2000: The archive's home page receives its 5000th hit.
- December 22, 2000: The archive acquires its first original slash story.
- January 7, 2001: MJ Lee, now a member of the staff, announces that the archive has a new category: whorefic. At some point, a humor fic section is added. The archive also include sections for art, recommendations, links, and "Bunnies on the Block" (writing resources), as well as a guestbook.
- February 20, 2001: In a report to the e-mail list about her time at the Escapade slash con, RavenD straight-facedly denies reports of orgies and states that she and her fellow con-goers "are delicate, etiquette-oriented young women who were looking for academic discussions about how slashing characters built in a capitalistic system reclaimed our power." List member Glass Houses promptly requests that the line be included on the archive's warning page.
- March 1, 2001: RavenD and MJ Lee solicit stories for a Boys in Chains zine.
- April 2001: An article in the German gay magazine Hinnerk about slash fiction includes a link to Boys in Chains.
- October 16, 2002: On this day, RavenD posts what proves to be the archive's final update during her tenure as webmistress. For the next decade, the archive will go on and offline more than once, and the list and archive will be periodically without leadership.
- April 2, 2004: Rauhnee Ranshanka and Anne Blue take over the archive and list. Blue (slashbluegreen at LiveJournal) is editor of the original-slash zine MAS-Zine, devoted to slavefic and similar tales. Rauhnee becomes the archive designer, while Blue is in charge of the list and of the archive content. The archive acquires its own domain: http://www.boysinchains.org.
- April 24, 2004: Rauhnee leads a discussion on various aspects of the archive's future, including whether to expand its original mission.
- May 10, 2006: Dusk Peterson opens the LiveJournal community powerfic as an official companion to the boysinchains list. The comm accepts all types of stories about people of different ranks.
- July 27, 2006: Dusk takes over as list moderator and later, by default, becomes maintainer of the archive.
- October 31, 2014: The archive's move to the AO3 and its renaming is announced.
- June 2015 - The archive's move to the AO3 is completed.
The hand-coded archive had the following categories, some of which were further broken down into fandom pages:
- Girls in Chains
- Tie me up fic
Works were listed on each page alphabetically by author (or by fandom and then author on the Misc pages) with and included title, author, pairing, rating, summary and warnings. Pairings, Ratings and Warnings were not standardised by the archive.