What I’m asking for is for LGBT identity to be authentically represented on screen, not just in subtext, or in claims from actors and writers because LGBT folk have a right to see themselves represented like anyone else. When it comes to ﬁction, despite JK Rowling’s beliefs on the matter, the representation of marginalised identities should be explicit within the text. It cannot be called representation if it is not represented in the first place.
There is nothing visibly preventing Jonathan from receiving any permanent consequences for his negligent and harmful actions which begs the question: Why is he permitted to coast through the narrative in such a disrespectful way without growth, or redemption?
The answer: Because men always are.
Eleven’s character growth could be so much stronger if the Duffer Brothers weren’t so caught up in their simplistic problematic understanding of femininity and womanhood.