Vistima called herself, “a Frankenstein Monster.” Which is referencing Mary Shelly’s, Novel Frankenstein. She relates to the creature in various aspects as do many people who are rejected constantly by society. As we know the creature was scientifically created with the intent of perfection and beauty. However, Victor upon finishing his creation saw what he had indeed “labored.” He was disgusted and automatically rejected the creature. The creature to him was imperfect and deformed. The creature was that like a baby eager to learn and be loved.

However, countless times he was abused and rejected all due to his “abnormal” features. He was a new species and could not compare himself to others. The creature expresses, “still I desired love and fellowship, and I was still spurned. Was there no injustice in this? Am I to be thought the only criminal, when all humankind have sinned against me? Why do you not hate Felix who drove a friend from his door contumely? Why do you not execrate the rustic who sought to destroy his own child? Nay, these are virtuous and immaculate beings! I, the miserable and abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on. Even now my blood boils at the recollection of this injustice” (188).

The creature wanted acceptance and love. He freely loved the cottagers and often helped them, and was inspired by them. He learned speech and tried to associate himself with them with passion. So, then questions how mankind does not blame himself for their own deeds. The creature was a friend and was turned away upon sight. He questions why Victor is not to blame for neglecting him, he is Victor’s child. Yet, mankind still calls themselves “virtuous” and “immaculate,” as if they are void of all fault. Similarly, how society justifies itself proclaiming and pointing out that they are not the “abnormal ones” which excuses their malignant actions against humanity. Instead of accepting the creature for who he is, instead, he is abused and is rightly angered. Why should he be the one suffering if he didn’t create himself? Why is that he is depicted as a monstrosity for what he is and not others for their actual crimes!?

Sexuality and gender under societal perceptions have been constructively binary. All opposition to one’s choice is obliterated and frowned upon. Even in today’s society having programs in support and LGBTQ+ community, is not enough for some people. If one crosses the bounds of binary idealistic lines, it is abnormal and to some an abomination. Religious denominations and universal societies proclaim that such views are “satanic” or “mental” illness that should be cured. Thus, if you cross the bounds or “normalcy,” you are condemned, bullied, abused, rejected and so much more. People that consider themselves within the LGBTQ+ community are always vulnerable. They have been Othered by their own friends, families, or society. All simply because they consider themselves a different gender, or sexual attraction, or just wanting to be who they truly are.

It is quite unfortunate and heartbreaking to hear how Filisa Vistima committed suicide as so have many of them. The statistics expressed in Jessica Fisher’s post, “U.S. Transgender Survey, 40% of respondents have attempted suicide in their life…” The reality is concerning and should be spoken about. Just like the Creature resonates with Filisa, and countless more, as a society should be less judgemental and narrow. Why must fiction tell us how to conduct ourselves instead of accepting loving one another? Why must people die in order for a word to be spoken? Rage expresses empowerment. The creature was also enraged by how much he was rejected and abused. Wanting to be yourself in any way shape or form should not be a crime.

  • Karla Garcia Barrera