Why I Compare Myself To Frankenstein’s Monster

Frankenstein’s monster is a thing of utter despair. Its creator is a parent unwilling to acknowledge their child's existence and their right to live , even though he's the one because of whom the so-called monster comes to life in the first place. Once created, the ‘monster’ was shunned and thrown out of civilization.

Unfortunately, as bizarre as it may be, I have often reluctantly admitted to similarities between the lives of a trans-women, like me, and that of Frankenstein's monster. We both do not exist within the order of the system that permeates and dominates most cultures of the world.

The problem begins  with the language various civilizations use, most of which operate on a binary based entirely on the reproductive capabilities of the body, with no credibility given to the mind's part in the operation of one’s body.

The fact that I am ridiculed for having a penis and calling myself a woman is due to these ideas that not only enable, but solidify an oppressive hegemony of the numerical majority. When one side of the binary (male) is preferred so much, it hails to the very primitive idea that the male is the superior force.

The fact that the feminine (or that which languages describe as feminine) is actively abhorred in most cultures is an aspect that I have found to be daunting in my life. If one wants to achieve something, they should not be feminine since femininity has been synonymous with weakness. This brings me to the question - how far must civilization go to get to a point when we can focus on existing harmoniously?

The end of patriarchy and the fall of capitalism may sound like impossible events, but they need not be. After all, history is not a mere progression of time but multiple narratives working in tandem. If our cultural constructs cannot look for difference, and instead adhere strictly to a politics of sameness, then we will always end up being on two different sides of eternal haves and those who cannot have. But if everyone were similar, then the structures  themselves would fall.


Sayon Banerjee