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@ehrgeiz0: No, that's Loto's hand.
@Mike Reese: Thanks!
@ehrgeiz0: Whoops! Thanks for catching that! I used to make this mistake all the time.
@Mike Reese: That's really interesting, Mike. I didn't know that.
@mikemacdee: Aw, I'm so sorry I'm just now responding! I totally forgot. I heard about your comic, Daddy's Girl, at a panel about diversity in comics at MIX Comics Symposium in Columbus, Ohio before joining smackjeeves. I was stoked when I spotted it awhile ago. Tough chicks are the best!
@Mike Reese: I see why you'd suspect that, but, realistically speaking, a victim of such a heinous crime would never forget the faces of his attackers, especially since he had been acquainted with them at school. But good guess!
@Mike Reese: Thanks for the clarification. The reason I got defensive was because when many people use "wild" to describe an indigenous woman, they usually mean it as a racist insult (like "wild squaw"), or describing women as wild often brings up associations with drugs, alcohol, and indiscriminate sex. Now that you have explained what you meant, I understand.
@Mike Reese: What makes Loto wild? She is fully clothed, well-educated, artistic, highly skilled in a variety of activities, articulate, and intelligent. No one would dare refer to a white person who acts like Loto as "wild." She's upset that people perceive her sense of freedom, physical strength, and appearance as some "wild Indian" stereotype.

Also, she doesn't party hard, do drugs, have indiscriminate sex, loot, steal, or any other thing that would be considered "wild." She doesn't speak in grunts or eat bugs or swing from tree to tree like Tarzan either.

Sometimes your comments make me question whether or not you get the point of the story. "Loto ought to know she IS a bit wild. Still." Still wild? This story isn't about her becoming more white and "less wild." There was nothing wild about her to begin with. Being indigenous doesn't make you wild.
@Paul: Thanks for notifying me of this issue. I looked into it, and there isn't a page missing. Smackjeeves added a blank page for some reason when I initially uploaded this. So "The Forgotten Cycle 06" is actually 07. Sorry for the confusion!
@sheenarisa: Thank you!
@HIdden: Thank you so much for the insightful comments about my work. I'm glad somebody gets it. Cheers!
@Mike Reese: Yeah, she's pretty crazy. Thanks for buying the keychain and writing a nice review for my Etsy shop. I really appreciate it! I meant to tell you this much sooner but time flies. Thanks!
@theUniverse: Victims of sexual violence or abuse are often too afraid to fight back or lie to themselves about their situation. I know several people who have been in relationships in which they were abused. They aren't weak or stupid or cowardly people. Here is some information that discusses this: ships

I've been an outsider in this situation and it's much easier to judge someone who is being abused, but an outsider couldn't possibly know the victim's situation. Victims aren't weak. They're simply people who have had crimes committed against them. In this case, Haydn is outmatched by Lozen. If he fights back, she could kill or seriously injure him. If he tries to get help, the person who attempts to help him could get killed. Haydn is only trying to survive at this point.
@MasterxXxTrickster: Katsumi was born physically as a male but is psychologically female. She identifies as and lives as a female. There was no mention of her parts being taken, only that she was not "biologically" female, a comment made by Master Yatsen. The Dalai Lama, however, schooled him for placing too much emphasis on human constructs such as biology.
@Furious_George: Well, since I wrote the story, I know all the things you mentioned, except you got a few things wrong. Her mom didn't throw her under the bus or abandon her. It was Loto's mom, Lokomaik'i (Honon's partner) who did so out of humiliation and bitterness. Lozen's unnamed mom raised her, while Lozen only visited her father and half sister during the summer. She only was treated poorly for 3 months per year. How she lived her life for the other 9 months per year is a mystery.

"No one should ever have to go through what she did as a kid." The thing is--you don't know what she went through as a kid. I don't even know what she went through as a kid because I haven't written everything yet :) We only know a tiny piece of it.

With that being said, I know you were only explaining why you feel sorry for her, and I too feel sorry for her for similar reasons. I understand the difference between taking sides and sympathizing, yet there is definitely an overlap between the two and to pretend that they're completely separate is rather unrealistic. But I was really countering your comment for 3) because it wasn't correct in terms of her mentality or the story's facts. ("She thought that Haydn wanted her for who she was…he was probably the only person who treated her like a decent human being"). Loto and Nya both tried to be friends with Lozen as kids (mentioned earlier in the story). Lozen became angry and bitter partly for the reasons mentioned, but the reasons for her narcissism and sense of entitlement haven't really been explored in the story. If she genuinely thought Haydn wanted her for who she was, then why would she rape him…if this is what she genuinely thought as opposed to deluding herself? I didn't think you were justifying rape. Sorry, if I gave you that impression. I was explaining the way Lozen viewed Haydn when it came to sex. Yes, she said, "I really thought you wanted it," but, again, she's just lying to herself. I certainly don't mean to sound rude and appreciate the in depth analysis, but I wanted to make sure the facts weren't missed. If you don't believe me, you can always go back and reread haha :)
Great observation, Mike! I'm very glad to hear that a reader is analyzing the complexity of the characters. Lozen is definitely a paradoxical and confused person as are most people inclined to violence. Lozen was on the pill, so, from personal experience, I can say that if you're on the pill, the chances of getting pregnant are like 2% unless you screw up by missing a day, taking the pill inconsistently, taking other medications, too much vitamin C, etc. Thanks for reading!
@theUniverse: Also, part of the purpose of this series is debunk stereotypes as well as to explore and evaluate women's roles in religion.