Star Trek Women's Terrorist Task Force

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Mailing List
Name: Star Trek Women's Terrorist Task Force, also known as "STWTTF" and "WTTF" and "Gender Issues In Science Fiction"
Date(s): 1994-?
Moderated: yes
Moderators/List Maintainers: Janis C.
Founder(s):
Type:
Fandom: Star Trek, then later Babylon 5, Buffy and X-Files
URL: old website - now offline
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Star Trek Women's Terrorist Task Force is a mailing list that was founded in the mid-1990s for women to discuss gender issues on their favorite TV shows. The group migrated across various mailing list servers and underwent a few flame wars which splintered the group into multiple mailing lists. In 1996, the mailing list had 45 members and as of 2007 the mailing list still had approximately 30 members.[1]

After 9/11 the group would often use the abbreviated form of the mailing list name ("STWTTF") or even "Star Trek Women's Caramel Sauce Task Force".[2]

From the mailing lists website in 1996:

The STWTTF is open to all women except for Camille Pagilia because we have voted her, after Rush Limpballs, winner of the STWTTF award of "Public Figure We'd Most Want To See Sucked Under A Moving Train." Hey, We're allowed. Male listmembers have been introduced for admission by a female listmember, then take and pass the STWTTF Entrance Exam, which is designed to ensure that out elite fighting force continues to uphold the standard of excellence captured in our inspiring motto: "Its in malam rem, stulti!" loosely rendered in English as "No assholes!." Sexist, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, or otherwise bigoted messages have not been tolerated and members who continue to post them after being reprimanded have been asked to leave, not to mention roundly abused by some people who really know how to sling and insult. And yes, we have male members who are some damned cool guys. [3]

Comments About The Mailing List

  • "...the old group was so boisterous with their arguments over The X-Files or BtVS. I never experienced anything like it, the dissecting of every tiny nuance of a show."[4]
  • "My vote for the most supportive and entertaining on-line group worldwide would definitely go to [ST]WTTF, .... the best bunch of people around! About to celebrate it's eight anniversary, the Star Trek Women's Terrorist Task Force [alias Gender Issues In Science Fiction ] is indeed a force to be reckoned with. This list could devised the cure for all known ills, has power over good and evil, and contains professors, writers, poets, musicians par excellence. With enough technical experts to run the world's computer systems single handed, its combined wit faster than a speeding exocet, [and the killing power of ten disturbed mother tigers only when called for], this group could rule the world any day it chose... but just let us get finished analysing this episode of Babylon 5 or Buffy first...."[5]
  • "On-line, you could join salons devoted to Letterman, Northern Exposure and the omnipresent Star Trek. In fact, Trekkers are all over the Internet, which now has a Star Trek Women's Terrorist Task Force, a group devoted to issues having to do with the show itself, gender and sex. And not everyone is invited. The controversial critic/feminist Camille Paglia is not welcome. And male members have to be 'introduced for admission' by female members."[6]

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References

  1. Gender and Sexuality journal, Archived version, accessed February 28, 2012.
  2. Billie-Doux's Intro, Archived version]: "I started writing brief Babylon 5 reviews for my wonderful friends on STWTTF (the Star Trek Women's Caramel Sauce Task Force discussion list) back in 1997. (Those reviews are now lost somewhere in the ether, or there would be a Babylon 5 section on my site.)" accessed February 28, 2012.
  3. "Down and out on DS9", Archived version posted to slo.punks usenet group, January 14, 1996, accessed February 28, 2012.
  4. comment in scribegrrrl's blog dated January 13, 2010.
  5. Franni Vincent's Website, accessed February 28, 2012.
  6. Cyberspace growth phenomenal, but art is still art by JORY FARR Riverside Press-Enterprise, December 30, 1994, accessed September 10, 2016.