Vampires might represent a powerful person draining us of our own power for personal gain. Zombies drawn on our fear of pandemics and the ignorant masses destroying those of us just trying to survive. But what about werewolves? The most common answer I find is that werewolves speak to the changes a teenager experiences during puberty. Pisces already explored how this dynamic works in Teen Wolf. But if that’s the case, then where are all the female werewolves?
Obviously Ginger Snaps makes the connection to (monstrous) female sexuality and puberty, and the comments section on the post has some other suggestions. But really, why are there consistently so few women werewolves on Teen Wolf (MTV)? What about all that bloodlust and hair gets coded as masculine?
Check out stinekey’s post on gender and werewolf tropes over on Lady Geek Girl. The comments are good, too! Some spoilers for Harry Potter, Twilight, and other films with werewolves.