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Accepting All

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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

Fisher calls attention to the mutual feelings the LGBTQ community and Frankenstein’s creation both share, in terms of feeling unaccepted by their community, the feeling of exclusion and marginalization, and the feeling of low self esteem/lack of love for themselves. For one, Fisher points to her relation to the “monster” by mentioning how “so many other transgender people have been bullied, brutalized, pushed to suicide or murdered”, alluding to how the “monster” was treated by the villagers. In chapter 12, the “monster” explained that he longed to join the villagers but he “remembered too well the treatment [he] had suffered the night before from the barbarous villagers”, deeming him an outsider marginalized because of something he could not control. This is why Fisher stated “The villagers still refuse to accept us. We remain no more than monsters”, because members of the LGBTQ community are also marginalized due to something out of their control, something that makes them them. Fisher and the creature both have in common their lack of self love, considering the monster stated “I had admired the perfect forms of my cottagers—their grace, beauty, and delicate complexions; but how was I terrified when I viewed myself in a transparent pool”, revealing his hatred for his looks and his desire to change his looks, which transgender people strive for as well. Another thing transgender people have in common with the creature is how the creature doesn’t identify with either gender. Although Fisher and/or members of the LGBTQ community may feel like “monsters”, ultimately who’s to say everyone else isn’t the monsters, therefore they need to love themselves that much more for being different.

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-Jaimee Watson

By: Sandra Tzoc

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The creature is an outcast in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and so are the members of the LGBTQ+ community. Society for a long time has had restrictions on those who are different whether it be because of their physical appearance or their sexual preference. Stryker gives her two cents on pushing forward and gaining back power that has been neglected to the transgender community. She suggests that derogatory terms such as “faggot” and “monster” should be reclaimed by the community in order to crush the negative connotations to seize empowerment. The words can no longer be used to hurt if they are reclaimed and given a new light. This movement is supported by Jessica Rae Fisher, writer of “I am Frankenstein’s Monster: An echo of Stryker’s call to action” where she states, “It is well worth embracing who we are as monsters. It isn’t our responsibility to make the villagers understand or accept us, and maybe, in fact, we can’t”. This further emphasizes the exclusion that transgender people face, but also the importance of claiming these nouns in order to unarm the transphobics. However, this sentence also raises questions such as: why isn’t it our responsibility to make them understand? Is Fisher implying then to remain quiet and let the villagers marinate in ignorance? If this is the case then I disagree, I think there are people who have transphobic views because they are ignorant and because they have huddled so tightly in their close-mindedness that they won’t accept anybody that is different. It is important to get information out there and educate people because everybody deserves to be who they want to be and love who they want to love. If discussions and advocacy of these important topics are not pursued, then there won’t be any steps to take forward.

Both Stryker and Fisher include the story of Filisa Vistima who was a male to woman transgender but was excluded from her own community. She searched for acceptance from her own community, her own family but was banished. This occurs to the creature as well, where even his creator, Victor, abandons and neglects him. Vistima wrote, “I wish I was anatomically ‘normal’, so I could go swimming… But no, I am a mutant, Frankenstein’s monster” before she commit suicide. She felt like an outcast, like a monster. Similarly, the creature felt no sense of belonging because he did not look like the rest. In chapter 12 he says, “I had admired the perfect forms of my cottagers- their grace, beauty, and delicate complexions; but how was I terrified when I viewed myself in a transparent pool!”. These renderings by Vistima and the creature demonstrate the inner tension built by the rejection of society and those who were supposed to love them. So much that they desired to change their appearances in order to fit in with the rest. This is why it is important to continue to share everyone’s stories and to advocate in order to make them heard.

In class, there was a discussion on the gender of the creature and this was the depiction of what goes on in society. We try to label each other and put everyone into a mold. Some said that the creature was male because he said so himself. However, what if the creature called himself a male because his creator, Victor, referred to him, labeled him, a male. Perhaps, he followed what everybody else called him. This shows the creature forced into the “heterosexual economy” as Stryker states. I can also recall a student’s argument that the creature was a male because “he” asked for a female partner. However, this argument portrays restriction upon the creature’s sexual preference. What if the creature was a lesbian? Who knows. We are nobody to question or force any label onto anybody else. Perhaps, Mary Shelley wrote this novel for introspection, because it reveals the way we think in the manner in which we interpret the text.

By: Katherine Hernandez

In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, there is the undertone of gender ambiguity with the main character Victor Frankenstein. In our class we have already discussed the differences in social classes, feminism and even the role science plays in the novel, however as we delve into the core problems Shelley was trying to evoke, the question arises; how do all of these things tie together? From early stages in the novel, we can see that Victor possesses a passion towards the sciences; specifically the ability to create life. When discussing this desire, as a class, we decided to call this “womb envy.” Victor is envious of the fact that he is not able to create life with his male anatomy thus delves himself into science and his studies in order to create “the monster” we all know. Victor Frankenstein often struggles with himself to find a sense of inner peace. When plagued by dreams of his dead wife Elizabeth morphing into the decaying corpse of his dead mother, his ever-present ‘mommy issues’ is the first things that come to mind, however, his pursuit for beauty is the pinnacle of what he truly desires. Victor showed little to no emotions when the death of his beloved wife, Elizabeth occurred, could it be that she was just a surrogate for his dream to bare life? Once Victor created life on his own, without her, she was no longer the pawn he needed in order to fulfill his “womb envy.” And all those who are aware of the literary correctness of the novel by differentiating who Frankenstein is and who the monster is; is it possible that we have been calling Frankenstein, the scientist, the monster because we believe he is so, even if it is unconsciously.

Susan Stryker makes an interesting appeal when discussing the monster’ in the novel Frankenstein. Claiming that as a person who is a part of the LGBTQ+ community there must be a way for them to take back such words such as “monster” or “freak” when others use them against them in a derogatory manner. What is interesting is the fact that she like many others not only in our society but also in our class associate the monster with what Victor Frankenstein created, and there are similarities that Stryker brings up that compares a transgender person and “the monster.” Just like in the novel, many people in the trans community find themselves alienated by people and communities that should be their allies, they also both faced the terrible adversary that at times makes it hard if not impossible to grow. However, the question arises; just like in Frankenstein the creature was referred to a monster many times, even by Victor himself even though he created it and it is because of ignorance. Just like in the transgender community and the LGBTQ+ community, many of these derogatory slurs are thrown around because of ignorance that is present in our society. So, I must ask Stryker, who is the real monster? People trying to define themselves in whichever way makes them comfortable for people who are blinded by their ignorance?