-By Gabriela Acosta

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Susan Stryker and Jessica Rae Fisher are both women who will not withstand the bullshit society throws at them, cast aside by the LGBTQ+ community and “normal” standard society. Both make it clear that they are reclaiming words people would use to harass them and that set them aside from others. Petty words of naming calling such as “creature”, “non=human” and “monster” are words that Fisher wants to reclaim back to the transgender community; those exact words are the the ones that hep her create a correlation between herself and Frankenstein’s monster.

The transgender community as stated by both Stryker and Fisher is ridiculed by the “normal” heterosexual community and ignored by the LGBTQ+ community which creates a complete isolation from the whole world. What this creates is an “us” and “them” society that does not place them on either end of the spectrum (since none of the parties would claim them). The isolation leads to a feeling of loneliness that then leads to mass suicide, repressed anger, and often times murder.

Both writers sympathize with the creature who is isolated from the world. In regards to the treatments, both parties (“creature” and transgender people), they are seem as an “oddity” people decide not to take any particular interest in acknowledging, less it is to humiliate. In the response from both women, their shared experience help understand how living in a body that they are most comfortable with causes discomfort within other people because other people are unsure of what they should be labeled. Such as the creature, they are sewn together to create something entirely new; this new which is viewed as ghastly.

On the other hand, from a different perspective, Victor Frankenstein is open to the concept of transcending to the opposite sex; he feels the need to give life. Without the need of any sexual or physical contact, he sets to work to create his own “being” only to be repulsed by what he has woven. ”… catching and fearing each sound as if it were to announce the approach of the demoniacal corpse to which I had so miserably given life.” (Shelley pg 60). Victor’s response to the creation after the creature’s creation is one similar to nonsupporting parents of transgender people. Parents usually have the claim that they will love their child no matter their shape or form only to complete disown them after a sex change and gender reclassification. Victor could be viewed to have transgender like ideals of wanting to be the opposite sex, but in actuality, resembles the disowning parents.

“I call upon you to investigate your nature as I have been compelled to confront mine. I challenge you to risk abjection and flourish as well as I have. Heed my words, and you may well discover the seams and sutures in yourself” (Stryker pg 241). Stryker’s words have a strong tone of voice, almost as a threat or a curse, such as an awakening to those who look at transgender people as anomalies. Her words have a righteous virtue to them calling out people to see into themselves that they are not perfect, no one is. The creature himself has done such action himself calling out Victor to look upon him, a creation neglected and left to live in solitude and die alone.

Victor is the abusive parent and discriminatory society that transgender people have to face on a day to day bases, removed from even the most open of groups, and they are the creature, the ones stitched and sewn together, isolated and cast to the side by the Victors in the world.