W.H.I.P.S. (fan group)

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Name: W.H.I.P.S. (Also called the Houston Crowd) (in one zine, listed as WHIPS OF HOUSTON)
Members: see article
Date(s): 1970s
Fandoms: Star Trek: TOS
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W.H.I.P.S. was a group of fans from Texas.

W.H.I.P.S. stands for Women of Houston in Pornography. It was a collective of female slash fans out of Houston, Texas.

Regarding the name's origin in relation to presenting IDICon, Marnie S, said in a 2012 interview:
We were on the bank account, we had to get a DBA, which is when we actually came out as the WHIPS. Women of — we had to come up with some kind of a excuse for the acronym, which wasn't — We couldn't tell 'em whips and chains. (laughter) We had to go with "Women of Houston in the Professions." So, we could put it on the stupid DBA certificate, and get a bank account. But, our house was collateral on some of this stuff. So, I said, we'd better at least break even... No Fiascos this time, guys. I don't wanna lose my house too! [1]

They were also known as "The Houston Crowd" and "The Great Broads." A similar group was the The U.K. Group.

Members of the Group

Notable Works


  1. from Media Fandom Oral History Project Interview with Kandy Fong and Marnie S