Thank you for posting those paragraphs from TOA concerning the Hunters. I refuse to take a side in the matter but I am pleased to see it from a POV of someone who's not saying the bit is homophobic.
i can understand that… theres definitely ways it can be viewed as homophobic and i understand where they’re coming from, but sometimes you gotta stop looking so deep into the material and look deeper into your heart. rick riordan is a good man and i dont believe for a moment that he meant to do anything cruel, nor can i personally read toa as homophobic at all. to me, its just a story about two women who are truly in love, and the somewhat tragic undertone of having left their family to start a new one. honestly? i like it that way. sometimes, when people are like us, we gotta leave home. my mom, for example, loves me very much, but she refuses to see me as a man, so im gonna leave. thats hardly the story of emmie and josephine, but it kind of solidified in my mind that - yes, its okay to go. its okay to choose love over the future you thought youd have. i think its an important thing to teach young children who may be achillean, sapphic, or gnc stories like alex fierro’s and emmie and josephine’s. life goes on. sometimes its hard, sometimes its easy, but there is a future out there for you - you can make a family, you can be a hero, you can love yourself.
haha, look at me…. now IM reading too far into it. i cant put blame on anyone else for doing that either. the story as its told will always mean different things to different people, and it is the way of humankind to disagree. thank you for taking the time to read my post and for taking the time to write out this message! i appreciate it, big time. - will