i think it was because there were like 100 frames

tofixtheshadows  asked:

Bi!Scott is SO important to me because he reminds me so much of myself at that age? The scene where he says Danny is attractive "-But I like girls!" Me me ME, all the time. I had no frame of reference for bisexuality, no representation to turn to and realize "Hey, that's me." Even when I knew I was attracted to girls I was so sure I was straight /because I liked boys./ So I knew I couldn't be /gay./ It's so easy to see bby closeted bi!Scott. I want it so much.

Here’s the thing. When I was a young confused thing, I used to have these really intense friendships. Like. SUPER intense. Like. “We are going to spend the rest of our lives completing one another and we don’t need anyone else and if you run away I’ll go with you and if you need a place to stay you can hide out here” friendships. I had dreams about my female friends, not like, sex dreams, but just these intense romantic dreams about going on vacation with them or dancing with them or taking hot air balloon rides (??? whatever I was a very interesting kid okay). And I was just like, you know, “This is how all girls feel about their best friends." 

And. No. Lol. Not all girls feel that way about their best friends. Because what I was feeling was love, but I, too, had zero frame of reference for bisexuality. And I thought, you know, "But I think this one guy is cute” was enough to make sure I was 100% heterosexual, because in my life/cult, you were heterosexual or damned to an eternity in Hell. So. Heterosexual it is! 

But there is no one who is going to damn Scott McCall to anywhere. He’s so good. He’s honest and open and loving, and better than that, he’s constantly pushing himself and the people around him to improve, to get better. He is literally the epitome of goodness, and I want a bisexual character who is good. Bi!Stiles is great! I love bi!Stiles. I headcanon Stiles as bisexual, too. But Stiles is… not good. Like. No one is going to argue that Stiles is a super great human being. That moral dubiousness is part of his charm! And I love the idea of bi!Lydia, and pan!Allison or Derek. Like, honestly for me, bisexual!everyone.

But I’m just ??? really tired of queer representation that only gets assigned to people that make great characters, but that I would not want to have in my life. I want to be around good people. I want to be with people who are working hard and trying hard and improving themselves and helping others, and I want to see that representation too. Give me a bisexual character who isn’t morally duplicitous, who is just genuinely good and loving and trying hard. 

And give that to me in Scott McCall, because it makes sense, and it would be really beautiful character development for him. (If, additionally, he recognized that his deep, intense, slightly co-dependent friendship was not-just-platonic and he was desperately in love with his best friend who was also desperately in love with him, I would not in any way at all be offended, FYI.)

(If someone also wanted to give me a Real Life bisexual!Scott McCall of my very own to love forever, that would also be 100% okay.)

It’s Not Always Cancer

There’s this tendency when writing to only use things outside of the “norm” for bodies/health when it’s indicative of some illness or injury, but in real life that’s not actually how it works. Symptoms of normally bodily processes can manifest in the same way as illnesses, and not everyone fits the average. 

For example, some people feel debilitating pain or experience nausea while menstruating. Others may become nauseated while having a particularly bad headache. While these symptoms might appear or be assumed to be from a disease that needs to be treated, they’re actually not.

As another example, I frequently (and arbitrarily) experience a heart rate well over 100 bpm, but there’s nothing actually wrong with my heart and nothing to treat. 

Things like this can be used as misdirection and to add suspense in your story. Maybe everybody is freaking out over a character’s high heart rate so this miss something else important, or they spend time worrying about it while the villain is plotting something else. Maybe a character is kept away from a fight because they were experiencing really bad cramps and characters who don’t menstruate think that something else is wrong because they’re looking at it from the wrong frame of reference. There are a lot of ways to have a character have symptoms like these without having them actually be sick.