By Maria Nguyen-Cruz
TW: Transphobia, and mentions of dysmorphia

Stryker and Fisher circle around the word monster, circling around the term, even taking it so far as to adorn themselves with the term as a badge of honor. The source of their struggle with alienation is delivered to them on a silver platter by the binary constructions that Western society and culture has created. Just as the creatures own struggle was passed onto him by his creator and the conventions that the people of his culture and species had bestowed unto him and humans alike.

The creature is forced to live in society. The creature has no choice but to exist in a world that has little regard for them, to remain isolated in their hut and be accused of invading the “normal” spaces. Just like Stryker when she referenced a TERF’s* letter to a transwoman who spoke in public, misgendering her and saying that “This individual] is not a threat to the lesbian community, he is an outrage to us… He deserves a slap in the face”. The same sort dehumanizing and fierce rejection manifests as a real and phyical action against the creature in DeLacey’s cabin;

“Who can describe their horror and consternation on beholding me? Agatha fainted, and
Safie, unable to attend to her friend, rushed out of the cottage. Felix darted forward, and with supernatural force tore me from his father, to whose knees I clung, in a transport of
fury, he dashed me to the ground and struck me violently with a stick.”

Fisher, while aware of the physical reprecussion of rejection, is more focused on self harm and suicide (not to say that Stryker neglects the subject) citing the high death rate of trans youth and adults in America. Transphobia and the dsyphoric feelings of the transexuals and transgender folx, not only imparts mental trauma- it manifests itself as pure physical violence from outward and inward sources. The encounter with the DeLacey family and the creatures frequent lament of their loneliness, are instances of this visceral acts of hatred that leave such an searing pain in the creatures heart that it turns to anger. They rage against their physical form, “cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live?” is not just a lament but an act of self depreciation.

The angry mob of villagers isn’t something that happens to the creature explicitly in the novel. But he is rejected by people from different walks of society. They are recognized immediately for their apparent “artificiality”.  In fact, think about it! The creature was made to exist as themselves but spends their lifetime tasting rejection and is left to do nothing but waste away, hate their body and rot.

You’d be mad too.

Encourage your local trans/nonbinary teens, tweens, pres and inbetweens to rage against society today!




*TERF= Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist