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Subj: Re: Sins Past: Would it REALLY have been a good idea for Peter to be the father?
Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 12:27:22 pm EDT (Viewed 126 times)
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Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 06:00:56 pm EDT (Viewed 228 times)

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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.

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

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.

As bad as making Norman the father of the Wonder Twins was, at least it had the saving grace of only destroying Gwen's character, while leaving Peter's at least *somewhat* intact.

Although Peter specified within the story that he and Gwen had never actually had sex, the idea that pre-marital sex is out of character for Peter is simply not true. We know for a fact that he had lots and lots of sex with the Black Cat, for example, and more recently he had a one-night stand with Michelle Gonzales. Also, it seems likely he had sex with MJ before their wedding in the original continuity, and we know they had sex in the altered continuity in which they were a committed, live-in couple without getting married. Also, pre-marital sex in and of itself is not irresponsible, provided one takes the proper precautions.