You can read it here, but here’s the golden part. This is why I refuse to ship Sterek in a way this fandom does it.
Ah yes, just like how Queer As Folk, with its representation of a sexual relationship between a 15yr old and a 30-something, set back gay representation so terribly. Yes, yes, of course.
My god, what a load of twaddle.
Speaking as someone who’s had two relationships with guys ten years or more older than me, and also as someone whose absolutely lovely brother-in-law is older than her father… it isn’t age. It’s equality. Which is obviously more likely to be an issue where one party’s a teenager and therefore still learning to be an adult than, say, where one person’s 30 and hte other 50 or whatever.
But what that means is that it’s about personal development and each party’s relative ability to stand on their own feet, rather than to need the other to teach them how to be an adult, which has nasty implications for dynamics of power.
This is not a problem for Stiles and Derek. Stiles is effectively an adult already in the way he approaches the world, taking on responsibility and making his own choices. Derek is, if anything, less emotionally independent than Stiles; and Stiles isn’t about to let anyone walk all over him in any sense. (Unless consensually with a pre-agreed safeword.)
Besides, the age difference isn’t that much. And whatever it is in years, we know what it looks like from Stiles’ perspective: “Derek Hale - you know, he’s just a few years older than us.”
Like seriously, can people please stop acting like a possible relationship between a 17 year old and a 22 year old-ish (both who are forced to risk their lives and make life-or-death decisions on a daily basis) is some incredibly horrible thing.
can we also talk about the fact that teen wolf had no problem making kate/derek and peter/lydia mindfuckery canon but seems to hella pussyfoot around sterek? IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT CONSENT, TALK ABOUT THOSE GDIajsdk
people’s greatest issue with sterek isn’t fucking consent. don’t even give me that bull.