Politically Incorrect (zine)

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Title: Politically Incorrect
Publisher: Cold Knee Mountain Press
Editor(s): Elise Krueger and Victor Raymond
Date(s): 1986-1987
Medium: print
Genre: slash and femslash
Fandom: Star Trek & multimedia
Language: English
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flyer published in SocioTrek #2, the text of this ad was almost impossible to read: the first block says: "Johnny Thoraxbottom stood nervously in the well-appointed living room of his parent's home, His mother, clearing her throat, settled into a favorite well-worn leather chair. Johnny's father, soon tottered in from the kitchen, wiping his hands dry, having just finished the supper dishes. "Well, son, you said you had something you wanted to talk to us," Pipe smoke wreathed his mother's face. Johnny coughed, "Mom, Dad. I just wanted you to know that I'm a... a fan" "Oh, NO! I knew we never should have gotten that subscription to "Omni,'" his father cried. "I thought you were just technical!' "GET OUT OF THIS HOUSE!" his mother roared. "No son of mine's gonna be a Trekkie!""

Politically Incorrect is a slash, femslash, het, and gen fiction and non-fiction zine. The first issue was a a Star Trek issue. There were at least two issues.

An ad in SocioTrek #2 explained the editor's plans for other issues: "We are seeking articles/artwork/other materials for our next few issues on the following subjects: Star Trek and K/S fandom, Lesbians in the Star Trek Universe, Homophobia and the Federation, Darkover, the Order of Oath-Bound Reunciates (Free Amazons to you vulgar types out there), sexual ethics on Darkover, convention reports, favorite (and least favorite) Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual characters in SF... etc.etc.etc..."

This zine was originally proposed as "A Natural Propensity." From a submission request in On the Double #3: "A NATURAL PROPENSITY is due out for 4P & B Con. Using the STAR TREK universe as a starting point, we will feature material exploring human intimacy, sexuality and friendship. We hope to raise & explore those questions which the network censors, the television genre and the prevailing norms of the time made it difficult to address. We believe that both the nature of human interaction & sexual mores, and the structure of both families & relationships will have changed by the 23rd Century — and we are interested in exploring those changes. We welcome material portraying alternate forms of sexuality, and we particularly welcome K/S material and variations thereof. We expect the final cost to be $15.00. All checks or money orders should be made payable to Tess Kolney. You must be 18 yrs. of age or older to order."

Fan Comments

While not specifically a Trek zine, there is a Trek issue in the works, along with a Darkover issue and some other special projects. This zine is subti t led "The Zine That Your Lover Warned You About!" Co-edited by Elise Krueger and Victor Raymond, the first issue was small but filled with thought-provoking essays and reviews, a lot of it mentioning gay, lesbian, and/or bisexual concerns. As Elise said in her editorial , "Dogma is rigid. Life is flexible." And that seems to sum up the attitude of this zine pretty wel1. Makes for interesting reading. [1]

Issue 1

Politically Incorrect 1 was published in February 1986.

Issue 2

Politically Incorrect 2 was published in February or March 1987.

  • an article by self-described gay male about writing K/S
  • other unknown content

The editor of this zine comments on an article that was in this issue: "Your letter seems to assume that K/S is about male homosexuality. I have been told by many K/S fans that this is not true. The aforementioned Russ article argues that Spock is really a woman, and Kirk a man, and what women are really writing about is what they want in intimate male-female relationships. (This, of course, led me to the irreverent speculation that, if Spock is really a woman and Kirk/Spock stories are about what women want in male-female love, then Chapel/Spock stories must really be about...) Additionally, the K/S survey I am conducting for THE WOMEN'S LIST generally shows tolerance toward gays — but it also shows ignorance, and there are some explicitly anti-gay respondents. One gay male friend of mine (see his article in POLITICALLY INCORRECT 2 felt he was unsuccessful in writing K/S in part because K/S wasn't like gay male life and he couldnt' imagine his readers being interested in seeing K and S portrayed in the light of a gay man's fantasies. I do think it is possible that K/S may be disarming the homophobia of some people but, unfortunately, that doesn't necessarily follow." [2]


  1. ^ by Tess Kolney in The Women's List #1 (1986)
  2. ^ from a letter in SocioTrek #3