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Subj: Is premartial sex irresponsible?
Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 02:26:38 am EDT (Viewed 155 times)
Reply Subj: Sins Past: Would it REALLY have been a good idea for Peter to be the father?
Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 06:00:56 pm EDT (Viewed 228 times)

    I know that JMS's original plan was to have Peter be the father of the Stacy twins, but would that really have been a better idea? I mean, that would have made it look like Peter and/or Gwen essentially abandoned their children, since Gwen would have still had to have the twins without Peter finding out. So now we've got two kids languishing off somewhere, with neither of their parents ever taking a role in their lives.

While that was his original plan, JMS wrote the story with the understanding that it was going to be erased with OMD.

    Would this *really* have been a more desirable outcome for the development of both Peter and Gwen as characters?

No. The written story was awful and ultimately ruins the character of Gwen. While that's certainly a negative thing, she's a dead character who is only used as the ideal girlfriend that Peter lost.

The proposed idea of Peter being the parent hurts the main character, which is a much worse outcome. You are stuck with Peter in the comics as they are about his stories, and it's not something you can brush aside. One of the major factors in the character's popularity is the fact that he is suppose to be a realistic character for the reader to associate with. This story would severely impact that.

    Not to mention that I have an extremely hard time seeing Peter and Gwen having sex before they would be married. You'd think that a guy as obsessed with responsibility as Peter would be aware of the dangers of premarital sex and wouldn't have done it at all, or at least without taking every possible precaution he could have. Not to mention that Gwen became increasingly upset and moody after her father died, and I have an even harder time seeing Peter wanting to take advantage of her after that.

That's a strange thing to say, as I wouldn't consider those that have premarital sex to be irresponsible. It's a regular and mainstream practice, with 95% of people having had premarital sex. Even having a child out of wedlock isn't irresponsible.

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