|Date(s):||1999 - today|
|Moderators/List Maintainers:||Hth (founder), Raichel (since February 2009)|
|URL:||Ladyslash (Yahoo!Groups); archive link|
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- ladyslash • This is a fanfic and discussion list for female/female relationships in all television and film fandoms. Appropriate for 18 years and older members, though not all relationships discussed must be sexual in nature (i.e., slash); primary, intimate f/f friendships are also on-topic.
The dominant term for female/female fanfic in TV based fandoms was f/f slash in media fandom and alt or altfic in the Xenaverse. ScullySlash was the term used in X-Files fandom and the stories were usually either Scully/OFC or Scully/f crossovers that paired Scully with female characters from other shows, like for example Scully/Miss Parker in Hth's Pretender crossover Thank You For Not Smoking. There were other character specific terms (the rare Highlander f/f story was usually Amandaslash) but these depended on the fandom. The term femslash probably existed but was first mentioned on the list half a year after Ladyslash was created and the first mention of femmeslash was more than a year after creation. Whether intentional or not, "ladyslash" wasn't so much a new term as it was an umbrella for all those FemaleCharacterNameSlash f/f stories in all those different fandoms. Despite a Lady Slash WebRing that was created in 1999 and a Lady Slash Site, the word "ladyslash" didn't impact the f/f slash terminology. The mailing list simply offered femslash fans a place where they could connect, share their f/f fanfiction, and discuss the f/f subtext of their favorite shows. However, ten years later the term is still occasionally used, see for example the ladyslash Dreamwidth community for fanfic about queer female characters.
The list wasn't very active compared to other lists, but there were some interesting discussion about topics such as books with f/f content, why strong women make a general audience uncomfortable, or the differences between m/m and f/f slash, but these often turned into discussion about male privilege and the tension between male f/f readers/authors and a primarily lesbian community. Some of the most memorable contributions to these discussions were by Sharon Bowers who came from Xena fandom and wrote novel length f/f slash in other fandoms as well.
- In Hth's own words: I got tired of hoping someone else would do it <g> (First message to the list, 4 April 1999)
- Hth. Thank You For Not Smoking, originally published 25 June 1998.
- The original ScullySlash list was founded June 25, 1998 and the title read: ScullySlash • dedicated to FemSlash in The X-Files.
- ladyslash - Community Profile, founded 17 June 2009. (Accessed 21 November 2010)