I’m interested in a Skittles Winter Soldier AU, but not even necessarily a SHIELD one: I can see, just as easily, a canon-compliant story line where Stiles goes missing during the next catastrophe to strike Beacon Hills, presumed dead; in reality kidnapped by a shadowy organization of hunters far less honorable than the Argents. They use and manipulate and experiment. They get Stiles bitten, wipe his memories, spend the next few years turning him into their personal attack dog, half-rabid but obedient. He becomes a ghost, chained by ghosts.
He’s young and lean but what he lacks in brute strength he makes up for in utter ruthlessness and cunning. He’s relentless, as cold as ice and silent as snow, with the bitter blue eyes of a murderer. Stronger than any omega has a right to be, with how many of his own kind he’s killed, and the things they’ve done to him.
(how long is he gone? five, ten years, or decades, maybe? Like Steve Rogers, Scott and his pack are all young soldiers cheated by time; werewolves with their vitality and slow aging, a near-immortal fox and banshee, all standing guard over Beacon Hills with Melissa McCall a frail old woman and the sheriff already gone long before his time, weakened by grief when his son was never found)
Scott never quite gave up, he couldn’t, the only way he could physically survive was to believe that Stiles was out there, somewhere. And when he sees him again for the first time, a snarling wolf ready to tear him apart, he doesn’t even try to fight, lets Stiles pin him to the forest floor.
"Stiles," he says, eyes brown instead of red, and bright with tears. "Stiles, please-“
It’s enough to make the winter wolf speak, voice raspy with infrequent use as he crouches over his prey.
"What the hell is a Stiles?"
The normalization of homophobic and misogynistic language, especially among young people, is nothing new. But while there may be a growing awareness of the problem, there haven’t been many organized initiatives dedicated to eradicate these types of problematic expressions — until now. Enter Duke University’s campaign “You Don’t Say,” which is an effort to remind students that language is powerful, and that word choice has consequences.
The Duke project uses photos to show how casual slurs like “no homo,” “tranny,” “that’s so gay” and “you’re such a pussy” target women and the LGBT community. In the series, Blue Devils students explain why they have adjusted their language.
“I don’t know what asshole invented the idea that teenage girls are the cause for all evil, but I really hope that person never has to raise one. I don’t want him to see her dissolve in his fingers as society tells her to eat less, be thinner, be the damsel in distress, be something for a man to fix, be different but not too different, be special but never ever a special snowflake - I don’t want him to watch as she realizes that no matter what she loves, she’ll be made fun of for it.
She can simply like her coffee from Starbucks and suddenly she’s vapid and thinks herself poetic. She’ll want to play video games but be called a fake nerd, particularly if she poses in any remotely flirtatious way because for some reason despite the entire community playing games with poorly dressed women they still hate it when a real girl wears less clothing, she will be seen as trespassing in a specifically male space - but when she falls in love with a female-based television show for children, she’ll watch as men step on themselves to sexualize it. If she wants old-fashion romance she’s seen as being naive but at the same time is told to keep herself ‘pure’ for some dude that might not hurt her.
If she admits to being anything, she makes herself a target. She will be told her worth is based on how much a man values her. She might love to cook but she’ll hate being asked to stay in the kitchen, she might love to read but get told she’s too introverted by half the population and ‘not that special’ by the other. If she loves to go out and party, she’s ‘just another college co-ed,’ if she loves to spend her friday nights watching anime, she’s a shut-in.
God forbid she be proud of something: the words “I’m different from other girls” are a death sentence because we live in a society that doesn’t want to see women like that, a society that doesn’t like the idea maybe we all are actually different and not carbon copies of each other, maybe we all would like to feel unique and loved and worth knowing - maybe the real problem is that she will be raised to believe being a girl means silicone and photoshop and dying as a way to move forwards a plot - and she doesn’t want to be seen as that.
When she says “I’m not like other girls,” she means she’s not like the girls she sees on tv, these invented two-dimensional creatures that say one line and then get chased down by monsters.
She can try all she likes. She’ll be shut down at every single fucking turn. What she doesn’t know is that they’re getting her ready for when she’s grown up because she’ll be so used to being stepped on she’ll just give up. Why respect women when you don’t even respect little girls? And when she is burning up, when she mentions that her insides are volcanoes and her skin is too thin to contain them: she will be told she is hysterical, that she’s doing it for attention.
I don’t want him to watch as she shuts down, as she learns to live as a paradox, I don’t want him to see her rip herself to shreds in order to be perfect, I don’t want him to realize that there’s no way she’ll get help because she’s only doing what she’s told.”
— Teenage girls aren’t the downfall of society, society is the downfall of teenage girls. /// r.i.d (via inkskinned)
Halle-fucking-lujah, this is perfect. Teen girls have worth. TEENAGE GIRLS HAVE WORTH AND VALUE, what they feel, what they love, WHO THEY WANT TO BE is valuable and beautiful and I fucking love each one of you just as you are. *forehead kiss* <3