So this is something we really really need to talk about because there are certain people who are being extremely triggering to survivors of sexual abuse.
And it involves sterek and the use of pedophilia under the cut.
Derek being attracted to Stiles does not make him a pedophile, but it is something to be concerned about. Stiles is 16. He is a minor, bother legally and biologically.
The term “pedophile” and the descriptor “pedophilic” are both broad terms that describe any illegal relationship between an adult and a minor. Those terms are used because “ephebophile” and “ephebophilic” are not as popular or as well known. I think this is how people use those terms as opposed to Derek being an actual pedophile.
you’re equating an age difference relationship with a sexually abusive and non-consensual one.
If you’re under age, then the relationship is sexually abusive and non-consensual, no matter how you, the minor, feel about it. The adult knows that you’re underage (depending on where you live) and is still engaging in sexual activity with you, meaning they know they’re wrong but they’re doing it anyways. It’s not the same as pedophilia, no, but it’s just as illegal and, some might argue, morally wrong. Most people who bring up this issue aren’t blaming Stiles or the minors, they’re blaming the adults in the relationships. The adults who should know not to engage sexually with someone under the legal age. And really, who’s to say the adults dating 16 year olds have no problem going any lower? 15 isn’t far from 16. 14 isn’t far from 15. It opens a can of worms, so to speak.
And again, it doesn’t matter which states or countries Stiles would be of age of consent because he doesn’t live in those states or countries. He lives in the state of California, which dictates that he must be 18 in order to consent.