You know, I’m not even one of the people biggest against the age difference between Stiles and Derek, aside of the part where I think that Stiles is far too immature for Derek, and Derek would be bored and annoyed by him pretty damn fast.
Aside of that though, I ship Scott/Derek, which is just as problematic, so I get that there’s some appeal between the vulnerable young boy and the older man. Yet even shipping that, I would never claim that Scerek which has much more chemistry and subtext than Sterek, is a good example of representation.
See, that’s where my main issue lies, that a lot of Sterek shppers actually want their ship to be canon, ignoring that these characters can barely stand to be in the same room together, and forgetting how they actually canonically interact, there are people who actually think that Sterek would be good representation wise for LGBT relationships.
Let me give you a little hint why it isn’t.
I’m Belgian, we’re one of the only countries in the world with a gay man as prime minister of the country. And where for most people the biggest issue against him isn’t his sexual orientation, but the fact that they don’t consider his Dutch good enough. (it’s an issue with him being from Wallonie, which is French speaking and about half the country is Flemish… long story)
And yet, despite this being a pretty progressive country where gay rights were concerned, Di Rupio has been accused twice of being a pedophile.
Yes you hear me, this man is a prominant politician, and just because he’s gay, there have been allegations against him sleeping with underage boys. (aka teenagers about Stiles’ age)
No actual proof, and the first time it happened is when he came out publicly, when a reporter actually dared to indicate that his being gay might be equal to him being interested in young boys. he was fully cleared of said allegations, and yet only last month another politician, dared to call him a pedophile in Parliament. Half of Parliament walked out in protest because of the sheer insult against the prime minister, but the fact is that some asshole actually dared to make such unfounded claims to a man like him, just because he’s gay.
If he were straight, no one would have even considered the words of the guy accusing him. Yet in response there were several people questioning if maybe Di Rupo had had things covered up due to his position.
So if you think that a relationship between a twenty five year old man (aka Derek) and a seventeen year old child (aka Stiles) is good representation, then you’re completely ignore the harm that such a stereotype of gay men being predatory on young boys, does in real life.
if even a prominent politician like Di Rupo in a progressive country like Belgium isn’t safe from the harm of such stereotypes, then what the hell do you think that promoting said stereotypes in more conservative countries like the US would do?
So no, Sterek is not good representation, not even remotely. In contrary, it’s harmful and destructive, to the very cause that people claiming it’s all about representation pretend to support.
If you want Stiles in a gay ship, why not support Sciles?
Posey is all in favor of an on screen relationship between the two. There’s more subtext, more chemistry and actual history between the two characters.
Or what about supporting Scanny or Stanny, both of which would work great as representation, and would pull Danny, who’s now far too often used as the token gay, into the storyline and give him something to do.
What about supporting Derek/Chris or Derek/sheriff Stilinski? you’d still get that age difference and antagonism Sterek shippers seem to love so much, but it’d be between two adults.
And all of those would be a million times better representation wise without supporting harmful stereotypes.
I just love it when people use “our world is homophobic” to hold homosexual couples to highter standard; thus using other people’s homophobia to excuse their own.