W.H.I.P.S. (fan group)
|Name:||W.H.I.P.S. (Also called the Houston Crowd) (in one zine, listed as WHIPS OF HOUSTON)|
|Date(s):||originated in 1970s, some members were present using this name at 1995 Escapade|
|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 (and its "tamer" names: Women of Houston In Professions and Women of Houston in Publishing). 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! 
They were also known as "The Houston Crowd" and "The Great Broads."
A similar group was the The U.K. Group.
Contributions to "Strange Bedfellows"
Members of the Group
Not all of the members listed below lived in the Houston area.
- Katharine Scarritt
- Pam Rose
- Lezlie Shell
- Cynthia Lockwood
- Mary Lowe
- Barb L
- Linn O'Brien
- Marnie S.
- Paula Smith
- Astra Thibodeaux
Some "out-of-towners" as listed in Strange Bedfellows" #1:
- Out of Bounds a series of K/S zines, which were banned in Tulsa
- IDICon first slash con
- Trace Elements the first Starsky & Hutch slash zine
- Best Little Valentine Zine in Texas
- Best Little K/Mas Zine in Texas
- some tribs to Strange Bedfellows