Timeline of Femslash

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Fandom: Femslash, History of Femslash Fandom
Dates: 1970s - present
See also: Timeline of Yuri Fandom, Timeline of Slashed Sources, Slash Controversies, Slash Tropes

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The timeline shows the shows, movies, books and video games with large femslash followings and important dates relating to them.

1970s

1980s

1990s

1992

1994

1995

  • Xena: Warrior Princess premiered in 1995. It was the first popular SFF show that featured two female leads that regularly interacted with one another. An active altfic community quickly developed around the show, particularly after the lead characters shared a (confusing) kiss in Season 2.
  • March 16, X-Files, the first known f/f fic publically posted was A Woman's Touch, by Leyla Harrison
  • August 28, Sailor Moon airs in the west. Femslash becomes very popular in Sailor Moon, with the main cast being practically all females. The Inner (Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, & Venus) and Outer (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, & Saturn) Senshi are often shipped together, Chibiusa (Sailor Chibi-Moon/Mini-Moon) is often shipped with Sailor Saturn. However the most popular canon femslash pairing is Haruka/Michiru (Uranus/Neptune) - although the English dub of Sailor Moon garnered negative comments for destroying their established relationship - first leaving it unsaid before eventually getting the two to refer to each other as cousins.

1997

1998

1999

2000s

2002

2003

2004

  • CSI had a sizeable femslash fandom in this decade, particularly after Sofia Curtis joined the cast.
  • The Harry Potter Old Lady Smut Brigade, founded in 2004, focused on the adult women of the series, and frequently featured femslash pairing the teachers with each other in various combinations, with Professor McGonagall being perhaps the most popular participant.

2005

  • South of Nowhere begins to air and quickly gains a femslash following due to focus on the main lead characters, Spencer and Ashley, exploring their sexuality and relationship together.

2007

  • Mass Effect allowed players to create a custom version of the series' protagonist, Commander Shepard, and pressure a romance with 3 other characters. Femshep (the name used to refer to a female Commander Shepard) and Liara T'Soni became a popular femslash ship within the fandom.

2006

  • The Devil Wears Prada's film adaptation inspired a large femslash following.
  • Following the revival of Doctor Who in 2005, the existing femslash community for that fandom grew. The dw femslash LiveJournal community was founded in 2006 and featured many stories of companions paired in various combinations, with Ace, Romana, Leela, Rose Tyler and Sarah Jane Smith all being popular.

2009

  • January 22, Skins season 3 premiered. This series sees the introduction of a new cast; it follows the lives of sixth form students Effy Stonem, Pandora Moon, Thomas Tomone, James Cook, Freddie McClair, JJ Jones, Naomi Campbell, and twin sisters Emily and Katie Fitch. Emily and Naomi's story line explores their relationship together.
  • May 19, Glee premiered. Brittany Pierce and Santana Lopez mention their relationship in the mid-season finale of season one, but remained mostly subtext or shown as a friends-with-benefits type of relationship until episode 15 of season 2 when Santana admitted her love for Brittany out loud.
  • Dragon Age: Origins allowed players to create a custom version of the series' protagonist, The Warden, and pressure a romance with 4 other characters. If playing a female Warden then players could romance Leliana, which made them popular in femslash.

2010s

2010

  • By Act 5 of the webcomic Homestuck, the series' alien troll characters were properly introduced, including Kanaya Maryam. Kanaya's past, though unsuccessful, relationship with fellow troll Vriska Serket and current budding relationship with one of the main human players, Rose Lalonde, made her a popular character within femslash. Rose Lalonde/Kanaya Maryam went to become one of the largest femslash ships within the Homestuck fandom.
  • The pairing of Myka Bering/H.G. Wells in Warehouse 13 gained popularity following Jaime Murray's first appearance as Helena in 2010. The pairing gained traction as Helena's further appearances often paired her with Myka, and the friendship they shared became important to both of them.

2011

  • October 23 Once Upon a Time begins airing. Emma Swan and Regina Mills gain a prolific and enthusiastic femslash following who have a somewhat tense relationship with the show's production team due to accusations of queer baiting.
  • Arizona Robbins and Callie Torres, from Grey's Anatomy, get married in the Season 7 episode "White Wedding." It's the first serious lesbian wedding on mainstream television that occurs between two regular cast members of a show.
  • Dragon Age II let the player character Hawke romance several of their party members. Female Hawke and Isabela become one of the more popular femslash pairings, along with Hawke/Merrill.
  • Adventure Time pairing Princess Bubblegum/Marceline experienced a large surge in popularity when spoilers emerged for the episode "What Was Missing". Through the lyrics of her song, Marceline suggested that she had romantic feelings for Princess Bubblegum. Princess Bubblegum later revealed that she had kept the T-shirt Marceline had given her, and wore it regularly as a nightgown.

2012

  • Mass Effect 3 brought the series trilogy to a close. Liara T'Soni returned as a squad member and if romanced in the first Mass Effect game player could continue this relationship. Samantha Traynor was also introduced as a lesbian and possible romance if playing as a female Commander Shepard.

2013

  • Person of Interest had little to no femslash at first, but after the introduction of Root and Sameen Shaw, Root/Shaw started gaining in popularity. Because Shaw was not introduced as a recurring character until the end of Season 2 and as neither character became a regular until the start of Season 3, the pairing fandom only began being very active in Fall of 2013, though with a lot of encouragement from both the cast and the crew.

2014

  • Carmilla, a web series on Youtube based off the novella of the same name, is released and due to the canon nature of the queer relationships presents it quickly gains popularity within femslash followings.
  • Season 2 of the The 100 introduces Lexa, the commander of the allied Grounder clans, who's pairing with series lead Clarke quickly gives rise a large femslash interest in the show.
  • December 19, The series finale of The Legend of Korra confirmed as canon the romantic relationship between Avatar Korra and businesswoman and engineer Asami Sato, as they walked away hand in hand in the final shot of the episode.

2015

  • Life is Strange quickly gained a femslash following as the episodic game focused on series protagonist Max Caulfield and her childhood friends Chloe Price as they rekindle their friendship after falling out of touch once Max moved with her parents to Seattle. Pricefield went on to be the juggernaut pairing within the fandom.
  • Person of Interest's femslash following skyrocketed after Root and Shaw shared an angst-driven kiss in Season 4.
  • Agent Carter gained femslash community interest in the Peggy Carter/Angie Martinelli ship after the initial two-episode premiere. This was largely due to Peggy's decision to move in down the hall from Angie after Edwin Jarvis encouraged her to make connections with people she cared about. The "Cartinelli" ship is now the most popular ship in the fandom, even eclipsing Peggy/Steve.
  • February 20, Glee features the wedding of Brittany Pierce and Santana Lopez.
  • In the season 1 finale of Steven Universe it was revealed that one of it's main characters, Garnet, is the fusion of two two other gems, Ruby and Sapphire, resulting in Garnet being a personification of their love. While the show already had a following that was interested in it's queer representation, this finale kick-started the femslash side of the fandom and made Ruby/Sapphire one it's most popular pairings.
  • Supergirl series is released and femslash quickly dominated the fandom: Kara/Alex and Kara/Cat ("Supercat") since the pilot was released. As the series progressed and more female characters were introduced, more femslash pairings appeared; namely Kara/Lena, Alex/Astra, Kara/Lucy, and Lucy/Alex.
  • Undertale featured a major character, Dr. Alphys, whose crush on the knight Undyne was made very apparent. She and Undyne can go on a date, and are confirmed canon at the end of the game.

2016

  • The 100 kills off Lexa with a stray bullet in front of her lover Clarke. It is the latest in a long line of lesbian and bisexual women characters to die in mainstream TV. Fan outrage at yet another canon femslash couple torn apart in what seemed an unnecessary and brutal turn of events led to increased awareness of the prevalence of the trope, and as part of their protest fans raised money for LGBT charities. There is an ongoing boycott of the 100 Season 4 by those who ship Clexa, (Clare/Lexa), primarily spread through Tumblr, as a form of retribution for Lexa's death.
  • Ghostbusters (2016), the third Ghostbusters movie that reboots the series led by a female cast. Many fans speculate that Jillian Holtzmann is lesbian (due to the actress's own sexuality and interactions with Erin Gilbert; this is confirmed in deleted/extended scenes) and Patty is bisexual (due to her dyed hair colors). Femslash quickly dominated the fandom, with various pairings between the core four appears within the fandom although Holtzmann/Gilbert ("Holtzbert") is the most popular.
  • Supergirl Season 2 spoilers are released that one character on the series will be confirmed gay within the new season, fans speculate Alex Danvers and/or Kara Danvers, plus the casting of the comicsverse canon lesbian character Maggie Sawyer. Fans immediately started shipping Maggie with Alex, Kara and other female characters. Season 2 also introduces Lena Luthor - this caused many to also ship her and Kara together as well as with Alex. Season 2 Episode 5 "Crossfire" confirms that Alex is gay and is indeed attracted to Maggie.
  • Fire Emblem Fates became the first title in the series with a marriage mechanic to include same-sex options, one of which was a girl named Rhajat for the female player avatar.
  • Overwatch saw pairings such as Pharah/Mercy gaining attention due to their compatibility in game play tactics, and Widowmaker/Tracer after both starred in the animated short "Alive". Tracer was later confirmed to be a lesbian in the comic "Reflections" and shown to live with her girlfriend Emily.

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