Slash

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Slash is a fandom term for fanworks that feature a male/male relationship. The term can also be used more generally to describe fanworks that include any same-sex relationship, but female/female relationships are more commonly described as "femslash."

The term comes from the fandom use of the slash symbol ("/") to denote a romantic or sexual relationship between characters. It is believed that the first example of this type of usage was to denote a romantic or sexual relationship between James Kirk and Spock from Star Trek: The Original Series, hence the association of "slash" with male/male relationships. The slash symbol is now used to denote romantic or sexual relationships between male/female and female/female pairings as well as male/male, but the term remained associated with same-sex romantic and sexual relationships, particularly male/male romantic and sexual relationships.

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