Comic 1184 - Solution

10th Jul 2019, 9:42 AM in Ch. 37 - Prom Night
Average Rating: 4.8 (10 votes)
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Jocelyn 10th Jul 2019, 9:42 AM edit delete
I know Rain's response may come off as a surprise to some of you, but really, she's been getting bolder like this for a long time. Still shy, and easy to fluster, but she seems able to hold her own a bit better now. After things like coming out to Ana unprompted, or offering to take Chanel to prom despite the potential risks, talking to Devon about her name in a way that's as close to truth as she can get without outing herself is really just par for the course. It's a surprising move when compared to the very early chapters, but again, Rain's grown a lot. I mean, she hasn't even cried in a while (much less right now). I'm so proud of her. ^_^

As for Devon, it seems it was just a matter of curiosity for him. He's related to a girl named Ryan himself, so he took interest in Rain's name situation. Less "what is she hiding?", and more "oh, you too?". As has been addressed a number of times throughout this chapter, Ryan is a gender neutral name. And while I didn't know that when I chose that as Rain's deadname, there is a lot to be said about perception. Rain clearly sees it as a boy's name having grown up with it and being misgendered alongside it, but Devon now knows at least two girls with the name, and might see it the other way. In other words, he never had any reason to distrust Rain to begin with.

Devon has never really been a major player in the story or anything, but I feel like he's generally been a pretty standup guy. I was happy to see a lot of comments on the last page seeming optimistic about what/why he was asking. ^_^

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Logan 10th Jul 2019, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
That was hilarious because I never changed my name and if someone is like, "Logan?" I jokingly say, "Yup, blame my parents. Weird choice for a girl." lol!
bpn 10th Jul 2019, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
Since 1972, about 7% of people given the name Logan in the United States have been female. (Based on applications for new social security numbers. See: and visualization here:
Leslie 11th Jul 2019, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
I really love the name Logan for a girl ! :)
Rusty Söldner 11th Jul 2019, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
As a femme enby my name definitely sounds out of place as well...

But this ain't even my birth name (though my birth certs say otherwise nowadays :D); I just felt really strongly for this name and it doesn't matter to me if the world thinks Rusty isn't a girl's name, because it being my name proves it is a girl's name.
bgb16999 10th Jul 2019, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
Well, Devon reacted well. I'm kind of worried that Debbie will handle things differently, though.
Don 10th Jul 2019, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
I guess "Ryan" is sorta like "Ashley" then - gender-neutral, but often used for one particular gender. With "Ashley" it's the other way around, as Ashley was once used primarily for males and now is commonly associated with females.
bpn 11th Jul 2019, 5:31 AM edit delete reply
See also: Leslie. It's actually not that uncommon for a predominantly male-associated name to become predominantly female-associated. Much more uncommon is the inverse: a predominantly female-associated name become predominantly male-associated. Best example of that I've found is "Terry"
j-eagle12212012 10th Jul 2019, 12:45 PM edit delete reply
Devon is a cool dude. Glad that Rain had a quick response and that we avoided any drama... For now <_<

*Knocks on wood*
Orion Utah 10th Jul 2019, 8:26 PM edit delete reply
A friend of mine has a similar problem when visiting her Scottish in-laws. Here in the US Mackenzie is usually a girl's name, but in Scotland "Mac" means "Son of", and she says many people think it's weird that she either has a last name as a first name or is named the equivalent of "Junior".
RubyRuthNeal 11th Jul 2019, 1:41 AM edit delete reply

Even though there are a lot of girls that have been named Ryan since it began to have some popularity from the 1980s onward, and peaking just a few years ago, now waning as a name given to newborn girls, in all the “baby names” websites with discussion forums, there is always a quite vocal contingent of the readership who strongly object to its use as a girl’s name, citing its historical origins as an Irish male name. I suspect most if not all those vocal opponents have strong Irish roots to their ancestry. My friend who named her daughter Ryan has strong Irish ancestry herself, so that doesn’t help my theory much, lol!
RubyRuthNeal 11th Jul 2019, 2:00 AM edit delete reply
@Jocelyn .... another one of your choices made long ago in character development in this story having much serendipity as the story unfolds. I cannot help but wonder who’s going to be next and what trait or property of theirs it will be.... since you apparently have a greater knack at doing that than you seem to realize 🤔
freekate78 11th Jul 2019, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
way to think on your toes and keep your cool Rain! :~)
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