Homophobia, heteronormativity, and slash fan fiction

  • April S. Callis Northern Kentucky University
Keywords: K/S, Kirk/Spock, Star Trek, Sexuality


I analyze the relationship between homophobia/heteronormativity and slash fan fiction. Through reading and coding almost 6,000 pages of Kirk/Spock fan fiction written from 1978 to 2014, I illuminate shifts in how normative gender and sexuality are portrayed by K/S authors. Writers of K/S, while ostensibly writing about the 23rd century, consciously or unconsciously include cultural norms from the 20th and 21st centuries. Thus, slash becomes a lens through which readers can view a decrease in both homophobia and heteronormativity in US culture over the past several decades.

Author Biography

April S. Callis, Northern Kentucky University
Lecturer, Honors Program.