The Femmes Invisible Database:
Frequently Asked Questions

Am I imagining things?
Well, technically, I suppose you are, since no one seems to have figured out a reliable system by which women may become invisible. If what you meant to say is "Did someone really put up a page like this?" the answer is yes.
Why "FI", and what do the variations mean?
In the beginning, the late Dennard Summers first established a Web presence for the fans of invisible women as an adjunct to his television series. Femmes Invisible, or FI for short, was the term used by Mr Summers — mostly at the instigation of Mike B. — when he went public with his Web site, and everyone who followed in his wake adopted his terminology. Mike B. went on to further distinguish two types of FI: the Fading Femme Invisible, or FFI, whose clothes disappear as she does, and the True Femme Invisible, or TFI, whose clothes remain visible while she vanishes.
Shouldn't that really be "Femmes Invisibles"?
Oh, so you're the guy from l'Académie Française.
Did you say "television series"?
I did. Mr Summers created a series for PCTV21, the cable-access channel on the Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) cable system, called Chroma Dreams, which featured a number of young women in varying states of vanishment. In an effort to boost the show's audience, he welded his blue-screen technotrickery to the burgeoning interest in music videos to produce The House of Yes, in which his mostly-unseen hostesses introduced current tunes and cut up. His last such effort was Steel City Video, which ran right up until his death in 2005.
But I don't live in Pittsburgh.
That's not really a question. And anyway, Mr Summers did make an effort to make tapes of his programs available for distribution.
Why would anybody want to see a bunch of invisible women, anyway?
Well, actually, we're not seeing them.
You know what I mean. What's the appeal?
One person's jaw-dropping anomaly is another person's heart-stopping fantasy; this is the way the world works. While it's hard to generalize about daydreams (or their nighttime equivalents), it's probably safe to say that the FI upsets the traditional power relationship between male and female, and that while some people find this distressing, many others find it refreshing.
Is this a fairly recent phe