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Name: Whoosh!
Owner/Maintainer: Kym Taborn
Dates: September 17, 1996-present (currently inactive)
Type: meta
Fandom: Xena
URL: http://www.whoosh.org/
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Whoosh! was the online Journal of the International Association of Xenaoid Studies (IAXS) that was founded by Kym Taborn in 1996. The IAXS was a tongue-in-cheek meta project and Kym defined it as

a quasi-literate, quasi-academic, quasi-fandom, entirely FUN excuse to write about and share with others your unique obsession with all aspects of Xena: Warrior Princess [...] OR any other TV show that features a strong action/adventure female lead, OR a show or flick that I currently like (who am I? I am Kym, the founder of IAXS).[1]

The journal was a monthly publication, and issue 102 was released in winter 2006.

From the Introduction

Welcome to Whoosh.org

Birthplace of the International Association of Xena Studies: Whoosh.org is what Whoosh is (I yam what I yam). It's been a fun and wild ride. I am happy it is still here. Here be essays, articles, commentaries, episode guides, historic airing schedules, convention reports, boutique websites, uber fiction, various analyses of genre television shows and cinema, and a plethora of other materials concerning strong women in popular culture, popular women in strong [culture], and other stuff that strikes me as cool, weird, interesting, or fun (in a pleasant or not so peasant way). Welcome, make yourself at home, and stay a while. I'll put the kettle on and please, jump in anywhere. Mi website es su casa.

WHEN POPULAR CULTURE IS NOT ENOUGH ... Whoosh.org Like a cockroach that refuses to die.

Fanfiction Meta

The site is comparable in intent to the Fanfic Symposium and has published several articles about fanfiction, Xena altfic authors, and trends in Xena fanfic. Two issues were exclusively devoted to fanfiction.

The first one included articles about the history of Xena fanfiction on the internet, interviews with fanfiction authors, articles about uber fiction, fanfic as lesbian erotica, BNFs, acafans and fandom, the sexuality of alt fanfic authors (not straight - surprise!), copyright, and the different genres of altfic.[2]

The second all fanfic issue focused on the works of individual authors such as Della Street, Vivian Darkbloom, Melissa Good, Bongo Bear, LZ Clotho and Cyclops and featured an article that gave insight into writing f/f fanfiction from a male point of view. [3]

Further Reading


  1. IAXS FAQ: GENERAL, version 8.0, Release date: 03/29/02, (Accessed 24 October 2008)
  2. 1st All Fan Fiction Issue, Whoosh! #25, October 1998, (Accessed 24 October 2008)
  3. 2nd All Fan Fiction Issue, Whoosh! #46, July 2000, (Accessed 24 October 2008)