So, there’s this pattern. People hear about someone doing a horrible thing, or being systemically abusive to another person, or being bigoted, or being generally hateful, violent, or evil, and then express their disapproval by saying things like:
- She *needs help*
- He needs serious therapy
- I hope he gets the help she needs
And, that’s a horrible thing to say. Because mental illness is not the same as being an abuser. Having a mental illness is not a moral failing, and treating others horribly is not a mental illness. Conflating those categories hurts people badly.
Some people do need therapy, medication, or other forms of treatment. Some people who need mental health treatment are also terrible people, but that is not because of their mental illness. It’s because of their choices and values. And many abusers and other dangerous people are not mentally ill at all.
Many, many good people struggle with serious mental illness and depend on medical treatment. Similarly, many good people struggle with mental illness and have no access to treatment for various reasons (eg: lack of insurance, lack of safe providers, fear of losing their jobs due to stigma). These people deserve better than to have their struggles thrown up as a way to insult abusers.
Mental illness is real, serious, and horribly stigmatized. It is not the same as being an abuser, and it’s really important to stop equating the two.
"Imagine fighting cancer for years only to die because some jackass didn’t vaccinate their brat and you caught…"
You know, since the hypothetical child in this scenario has no say over whether or not they get vaccinated, it kind of sounds like they’re the victim too? Particularly because they’d have to catch measles before being able to transmit it, but who wants to make a point without a little unnecessary child-hate?
This site is so ripe with child-hate it really fucking worries me. I’ve had to Tumblr savior kids, children, ect just to keep from coming across the plethora of child abuse jokes and gifs that get reblogged.
You don’t like kids, then don’t like them. But you sound like a really terrible person when you’re passing around all this, as lichgem put it “unnecessary child-hate.”
And even casual child hate like the one that they’re referring to about not vaccinating and the measles outbreak (which is a good point btw, fucking vaccinate your children!) is worrying.
NEVER EVER TRUST GUYS THAT CALL THEIR EX GF’S PSYCHO.
Santana (Naya Rivera, L) and Brittany (Heather Morris, R) reunite in the “100” episode of GLEE - uhq
we could hang Anne Hathaway up right now and she could be a disco ball in that dress
an incredibly attractive disco ball
make all the boy disco balls go
I will take that bet! Actually I’d be really interested in your reasoning/a bit of debate, because I feel fairly strongly that this will not be the case! (And now I’m really curious to see who’s right :))
It’s more of an accumulation of things than one huge reason.
- For one thing, Jeff doesn’t like to keep status quo within the main group. There are a few constants (Stiles is never going to be a werewolf), but he tends towards shaking things up. Throughout this, Derek, Scott, Allison, Lydia, and Stiles stay as the core (except not Derek sometimes, and with the addition of Jackson in seasons 1 and 2). Sometimes he shakes things up by using people from outside the core (Isaac, who gets a gold star for having the weirdest web of relationships on the show, or Kira). Sometimes it’s from within the core (Jackson the werewolf, Jackson the giant lizard monster, Lydia the immune, Lydia the banshee, Derek the Alpha/Beta/who-cares-really, Scott the true Alpha, Stiles the I-am-never-allowed-to-change-except-maybe-magic-we’ll-see, Stiles the nogitsune). Then we have Allison.
- In some ways, Allison was always a hunter. In other ways, we saw her turn into one. It was not a positive transition (at least the ring dagger part). She had her watershed moment on that arc in season 2, and then a mini watershed moment at the end of 3a. She is a hunter. She is always going to be a hunter. That’s okay. We’re still working on what being a hunter really means for her in the long run, but it’s not suspenseful in the way Scott’s true alpha arc is. It’s slow, and she has control over it. The door is open for something else to be thrown into the mix.
- Jeff likes to misdirect. There’s all this buzz right now over whether or not Stiles will become a werewolf (and I don’t think there’s any way he will). Biting any of the parents would be a weird choice, which just leaves Allison as the lone pack member who hasn’t been bitten. (I do think Stiles will be bitten, it just won’t stick.)
- Allison being bitten serves as an excellent catalyst for a lot of different events, more so than biting Stiles. There’s the Derek of it all, the Scott of it all, the Chris of it all, and the Isaac of it all, as well as the hunter-turned-werewolf-who’s-still-kind-of-a-hunter of it all. If Stiles is bitten? Scott and the Sheriff probably care, maybe Lydia, and everyone else will mark it down as one more piece on the chess board and get on with their screwed up lives.
I see her transition happening in one of two ways:
- An accident. It will be very Victoria-esque, and that will be hard to ignore. If Jeff is especially cruel, Scott will be the one who turns her. In some ways, this arc will be more about Chris than it will Allison, which is why I tend more towards the second possibility. (Allison was and never has been prejudiced in the way Chris is. That wasn’t part of her training.)
- It’s her choice. Maybe it’s plot based. It will get them out of sticky situation and she decides she’s willing to make that sacrifice. Maybe it’s character based. Maybe she wants to be more powerful. Maybe she wants arrows and claws, because she has people to protect and she wants every advantage she can get. The pack needs humans sometimes, but they’ve got Stiles and the parents for that. (She’ll ask Scott, of course. The real question here is whether or not he’ll say yes and whether or not she’ll listen if he says no.)
Okay, that is all really interesting. Some other points to consider:
- I think the number one reason I don’t see any kind of Allison-is-a-werewolf plots working out is the simple fact that Allison isn’t a beta. She’s been set up as somebody who’s meant to grow into leadership just as much as Scott since S1—and with less focus on her, and less mystical magical powers, but it’s still very much there. The shape of her arc has consistently been a quieter mirror of Scott’s, getting pulled into things they didn’t want or ask for but can’t escape, getting manipulated by murderous old white men and then having to deal with the aftermath, etc. Scott’s eyes go red and it’s a once-in-a-century thing, but Allison rewrites the family code in her own image, and I imagine that’s been around at least a century itself. Allison isn’t Scott’s beta. She’ll let him take the lead when they work together, but when they’re split up, she’s making her own choices, dealing with her own things. All of that goes to shit if she ends up with yellow eyes of her own.
- Actually, I want to expand on that—the idea that we’ve got two different families and power structures, the werewolf pack and the Argent-hunter family, and these are separate but allied groups, this has been kind of a long-running quiet thing. And yes, we can turn Allison into a werewolf and smush them together into one, but—idk, it’s hard to tell how much of this is looking at the plotlines and factors that exist, and how much is just looking at the themes I personally notice and going DO NOT WANT. My feeling is that the Argents are their own thing, that Allison can declare herself as an ally to the pack and maybe even kinda-sorta part of it, but that she is not and never will be Scott’s subordinate. (And no, Scott’s not a bossy alpha, but Isaac, Derek, the twins, all very much act as his subordinates whether he means to or not. Even Stiles is very much a Scott appendage in ways that Allison isn’t and shouldn’t be.)
- I really don’t see Allison voluntarily going to werewolf as her first choice for gaining more power. It seems like there are too many drawbacks and downfalls, and too much utility in having a diversified team. I’d totally buy her going after power in other ways, but they don’t need one more person around who can’t handle wolfsbane or cross mountain ash, who won’t be coherent for at least the next few full moons, etc. (Now, if we’ve got possibly-mortally-injured, possibly-dying Allison, that does change things, but like I said, ‘voluntarily’.)
- There are a lot of ways to make Allison’s assumption of power as Argent matriarch way more complicated and interesting, aside from werewolfhood. If anything, just bringing it out, confronting her and us with the fact that she is supposed to be in charge, not just letting her dad call the shots and stepping up every once in a while to give some orders. Maybe we see more of the Hispanic hunter lady. She’s clearly got some interest in Allison—that’s a plotline right there.
- I do totally see what you mean about liking to mix it up with species and powers and things, except that here’s the thing—you can’t un-werewolf somebody. The more people you load into ‘werewolf’, the less flexibility you’ve got in the future. Right now if you just count kids+Derek we’ve got five werewolves (one alpha, two for-sure beta, two adjacent), two humans (one hunter, one possessed-but-usually-mundane), one kitsune, and one banshee. Turning one of the humans into a werewolf gives us less diversity rather than more, and also less chance for diversity in the future. For instance, you could totally get a good plotline that negates the last few points where Allison gets turned, kills some evil alpha or another, and we’ve got Allison and Scott as dual alphas in the same town, trying to figure out what that means and how it works and how to share betas when they’re both still in high school. (That would actually be awesome.) But that’s a completely werewolf-centric plotline, no new and strange creatures, no diversity—and if there’s one thing we know about Jeff Davis, it’s that he gets bored without New and Strange.
Honestly, you know who I really, really want to see turned into a werewolf, if somebody has to be? Chris. If we must turn somebody, I want to see Chris fucking Argent get bitten.
It gives us the same set of dealing with ‘what does it mean to be a hunter and also a werewolf’ issues, times, like, eight zillion because ‘hunter’ already has a lot more set meaning for Chris than it does for Allison. It gives us the tearjerking parallels and character development moments of Chris, faced with the same choice Victoria had, choosing to live. It also gives us really complex possibilities with Scott and the rest of the pack, because, again, the beta-alpha thing. And where Allison’s been set up for three seasons as somebody who’s assuming authority, Chris has been set up as somebody who’s slowly, gradually, painstakingly letting it go. All of the sudden this kid who he used to angry cake-grab at, who he’s pointed guns at and actually shot, this dumb fucking teenage kid who tried to date Chris’s daughter—all of the sudden, Scott is (like Allison has started becoming) the legitimate authority figure in this duo. So now Scott has to figure out what the hell it means that he maybe actually has power and authority, not just over other teens or, you know, Derek, but over an actual adult. Also we got to continue the super-complicated and fun and interesting Chris and Derek interactions on a whole new level.
I don’t think we’ll actually get any of that, but I for one would be a lot more inclined to go for that than for Allison getting turned. I think if Jeff liked to keep his world smaller and werewolf-centric, it would be more likely? But with every season he’s added new mythology, new creatures, new things, spreading out from that just-about-werewolves focus. Rather than pulling Allison in to that focused werewolf core, I think we’re a lot more likely to see her tugged out into yet another new thing we don’t know about just yet.
lmao anyone not expecting a giant triumph for Rachel at the end of the show is not watching the correct show lol bye
Petition to sit down all the people who make coma theories about Adventure Time and tell them “listen, this fucking show is about the last human living in a post-apocalyptic world where deadly magic has been reawakened following a global thermonuclear war that wiped out the rest of the human species, how much fucking darker do you want it to be”
Even though I thought my first Creative Writing professor was kind of a douche, he made a good point about this. One of our first assignments was to write in this eerie, otherworldly style (we were mimicking a specific author whose name escapes me), so we had to write about eerie otherworldly things happening. It’s no exaggeration to say that more than half the class had a “big reveal” where we find out that the story’s strange events and themes are all in the mind of some person in an insane asylum, or someone having a drug trip.
My professor said something like, “you just successfully wrote a world that feels separate from our own, but got frightened last minute and shoe-horned in normalcy. You showed that you were afraid to commit to something different and interesting.” Though I’m typically a contrarian and a piece of garbage, I am inclined to agree with my professor. I feel like people who write coma theories and the like are afraid to accept that the world of the story is separate from our own. They like everything wrapped up in this crazy little realism box where nothing out of the ordinary happens in fiction.