2x10 vs. 2x11
How does a show set in a universe without homophobia tell a coming out story? Here’s how. Scott’s revelation to his mother that he is indeed a werewolf hits home as a metaphor for homosexuality and coming out to one’s parents. Melissa is horrified, cries—she can’t talk to her son for an entire episode (except after she’s threatened by Gerard and the kanima, Melissa begs Scott to give Gerard whatever he wants and say “I don’t even know what you are”). But the bottom scene on the lacrosse field is when she decides that no matter what she is on her son’s side and, as before, she loves him unconditionally: his lycanthropy changes nothing about their relationship or about him. The revelation only makes them closer and gives them a stronger bond.
lycanthropy as an allegory for queerness (◡‿◡✿) monsters as metaphors for otherness (◡‿◡✿) my absolute favourite thing in film and literature (◡‿◡✿) like say what you want about cass clare she nailed it when she turned simon into a vampire and clary was like ”you need to tell your mother you’re a vampire so…..i got you these coming out leaflets” you know what else also nails it???? PARANORMAN like listen to the dialogue between his parents at the beginning and tell me they’re not talking about a gay child QUEER ANALOGIES MY LIFE’S BLOOD!!!!!!!!!!!
#hey people! #you know what’s better than queer analogies? #ACTUAL QUEER REPRESENTATION #FUCK YOU AND YOUR SHITTY METAPHORS #THIS IS NOT THE 18TH CENTURY AND THIS IS NOT A FUCKED UP THEOCRACY #I DEMAND QUEERNESS #IF YOU HAVE TIME FOR ~SYMBOLISM~ AND ~TRAGIC MONSTERS~ YOU HAVE TIME FOR WRITING QUEER PEOPLEGOD I JUST WANT TO SMASH A HAMMER IN WRITERS’ THR #FUCK YOU #wank for ts (via personasforeverybody)
THANK YOU FOR THESE TAGS I WAS LITERALLY JUST REBLOGGING THE POST TO ADD THIS EXACT SORT OF COMMENT!!!
like seriously though. If there’s going to be all sorts of ~queer analogies~ all over my speculative fiction and my gothic fiction and my urban fantasy and my science-fiction, then you’re damn right I want actual facts explicit fucking textual representation to go with them.
Don’t make Scott and Remus Lupin and pretty much every contemporary vampire love interest ever and the list goes on and fucking on into a fucking queer analogy then just turn around keep them shoved into textual cishet-ness. which in every case here is presumed but not stated outright because obviously the textual presence of ships like Scott/Allison and Tonks/Remus and the lack of statement about their gender identities means these characters are cis and straight forever in the eyes of their texts and in the eyes of most consumers of these stories as well—so there is more than enough room for these characters to be queer and/ or trans… but in not outright saying that they are, in not accepting and writing that possibility into existence in a way that your viewers or readers can’t deny, media creators are having their cake and eating it too at the expense of real fucking queer people.
it’s even more totally fucking egregious in the case of Remus Lupin since, like. I don’t know if Jeff Davis wrote Scott’s plot and his werewolves with queer coding intentionally. It may have just been a case of writing what he knows into a fictional context, since Jeff is a gay man and that impacts his experiences and by extension it has an impact on his writing. It’s still pretty squidgy that there is queer coding here but no textual queerness outside of Danny, Ethan, Caitlin, and Emily (one of whom is dead, one of whom is a villain, and one of whom is constantly trotted out so Jeff can beg for good representation cookies even though he doesn’t respect Danny at all much less give him that much to work with as a character—
all of this being done while he fucking queerbaits bisexual!Stiles left and right but won’t just sack up and make Stiles bi in canon, and while he “jokingly” uses effeminate and gender non-conforming behaviors to characterize his predatory white male villains [Peter and his special insight on formal dresses in Formality, and Matt’s comment about never wearing his heels in Restraint], among other things)… but I’m willing to give Jeff the benefit of the doubt and say that maybe he didn’t mean for Scott’s storyline to have queer coding to it. (Because writers create things we didn’t intend all the time and lbr, Jeff Davis isn’t that good at crafting nuance or subtlety in Teen Wolf.)
BUT JK FUCKING ROWLING ON THE OTHER HAND? SHE IS ON THE RECORD IN MULTIPLE PLACES AS SAYING THAT SHE VERY CONSCIOUSLY AND VERY DELIBERATELY USED ALL KINDS OF QUEER CODING WITH REMUS LUPIN AND THEN SHOVED HIM INTO THE CANONICALLY CIS AND STRAIGHT BOX ANYWAY.
because that’s how it works for most of our myriad contemporary media creators: you can use queer coding with your monsters and you can use queer metaphors with your space aliens and you can use queer metaphors with your mutants, BUT GOD FOR-FUCKING-BID YOU ACTUALLY MAKE THEM CANONICALLY QUEER. US QUEER PEOPLE MIGHT UP AND START DECIDING THAT WE’RE ACTUALLY PEOPLE OR SOMETHING!!
so yeah, fuck that, but no. I want queer vampires. I want queer werewolves. I want queer Vulcans and queer Klingons and queer Cardassians and queer elves and queer dwarves and queer hobbits and queer mutants and queer angels and queer demons and queer dragons and queer Tamaraneans and queer fae and queer orcs and queer Gallifreyans and queer Skrull and queer Space Marines and queer Vorta and queer Asgardians and queer Jotun and queer Jem’Hadar and queer Irken and queer sirens and queer merfolk and queer nymphs and queer selkies and queer nekos and MOTHER FUCKERS I WANT QUEER EVERYTHING AND I WANT IT NOW.
and to preempt this argument before it starts: I already am writing my own speculative and gothic fiction original works with queer and/or trans people all over them! thank you so much for your interest in my work! BUT I AM ONLY ONE PERSON AND I CAN’T FIX THE EPIDEMIC PROBLEM OF QUEER STORIES BEING USED WITHOUT GIVING ACTUAL QUEER PEOPLE ACTUAL FACTS POSITIVE QUEER REPRESENTATION ON MY FUCKING OWN. WE NEED MORE PEOPLE TO TELL THESE STORIES.
and the same principle applies to other issues of representation as well. If you have time to make some cute shiny metaphor about racism or ableism all over your speculative fiction, THEN YOU HAVE THE TIME TO WRITE DISABLED CHARACTERS AND CHARACTERS OF COLOR. STOP CREATING WHITEWASHED MEDIA AND ABLEIST MEDIA. JUST. FUCKING. STOP.
…I feel so much better for having typed all of that out.