In Brightest Day: Jennifer Blake, Vanity, and Identity

Teen_Wolf_Season_3_Episode_4_Unleashed_Haley_Webb_Jennifer_BlakeWell, Teen Wolf is finally back, and sadly, Jennifer Blake still seems to be dead. I have to admit that Jennifer was the cause of much distress for me the first half of the season, but not because I didn’t like her character. I really enjoyed watching her and found her very sympathetic. No, my distress came about from reading what the fans—specifically the Sterek shippers—had to say about her.

While I am no stranger to disliking female characters—Bella from Twilight, Lori from The Walking Dead, the list goes on—the misogynistic and unfounded accusations thrown at Jennifer were hard to avoid, and they were usually entirely uncalled for. Jennifer was an antagonist, so I did expect some evil from her—and we got that. But her villainess ways were hardly the cause of the hatred and bile against her.

Most people seemed to dislike her simply because of her relationship with Derek, seeing her as an obstacle between him and his “true love” Stiles. She’s been called a rapist, a Mary Sue, and numerous other derogatory terms. Another accusation people seem fond of giving her is vanity, which, like most of the other insults, I immediately disagreed with.

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Teen Wolf Season 3A: This Might Hurt.

[Warning for Spoilers]

Lady Saika: Well, Lady Geek Girl has dragged me into this fandom as well, and I have to say: the season three tagline was a bit of an understatement. “Might” hurt? My ass.

But now we’re on hiatus (does the Teen Wolf fandom have a silly word for hiatuses like Supernatural‘s ‘hellatus’ and Hannibal‘s ‘he-ate-us’? Howlatus?) until January, and we can sit back, lick our wounds, and collect our thoughts about the first twelve episodes of season three.

Lady Geek Girl: Now, Madame Ace and I have delved into Teen Wolf before. We discussed both seasons one and two, as well as feminism in Teen Wolf and race issues in Teen Wolf. I have praised Teen Wolf before, because, while not perfect, it is a very feminist show. This season I had high hopes for the show to continue with its usual feminist themes. And while we still have many strong female characters and feminist themes, the ladies certainly took a hit this season.

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Sexualized Saturdays: Teen Wolf and Consent

teenwolfTrigger Warning for rape, statutory, pedophilia, ephebophilia.

Last week, Lady Saika wrote a post about what was then an upcoming Teen Wolf episode that would feature a sex scene between Danny and Ethan. Despite all the cheesiness of Teen Wolf, it has been a rather progressive show, and establishing a homosexual relationship and also showing it on screen is a big step up in terms of queer representation.

However, in a fit of immaturity, some Stiles/Derek shippers decided to boycott the episode because Derek was also going to have a sexual scene with Jennifer Blake, a new character this season. Rumors of the boycott seem to have been greatly exaggerated, and they don’t seem to have hurt the episode’s views. However, I would like to talk about the variety of negative reactions some Sterek shippers had to this episode.

tumblr_mpq66cWtLM1rzn5uvo1_500Immediately, misogynistic insults began flooding the internet. Jennifer Blake must be taking advantage of Derek. She’s an evil witch. She’s the darach—which is possible, but it seems like some shippers may be jumping to conclusions, because she’s “taking advantage of him”. How can Derek, who has trust issues, come to trust someone unless he’s being manipulated? It’ll be so awesome when Derek discovers how evil she is. He should rip her uterus out and strangle her with it. Oh, and this isn’t actually misogyny, by the way. These Sterek shippers just don’t like poorly defined relationships (never mind that Derek and Stiles have barely shared any scenes together). But seriously, Jennifer Blake is an evil whore. She should die, and we should rejoice.

Oh, and apparently at some point during Derek’s and Jennifer’s completely consensual coupling, she raped him.

What’s sad is that these are all actual arguments Lady Geek Girl, Lady Saika, and I have found in the Dennifer and Sterek tags on Tumblr. I’m not going to delve into why these accusations against Jennifer are misogynistic. I hope that would be obvious. The rape one, though, bothers me quite a bit, especially because the people arguing it and simultaneously championing Sterek fail to realize how hypocritical they are being. At this point, they don’t want Sterek because of representation—the boycott proved that. However, the Sterek ship as a whole has never stuck well with me, and there’s one word that’s the cause of that: statutory.

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