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"If only the sea did not exist." 1
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"The creation of the monster ... is a way of crafting an outside so that a
collective can imagine
itself as bounded,
and impenetrable ...
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... The monster is a being who will not or cannot fit normally, whose existence makes other uncomfortable and who therefore must be shunned and exiled."2
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"I want to lay claim to the dark power of my monstrous identity without using it as a weapon against others or being wounded by it myself."3
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"I enter the realm of my dreams. I am underwater, swimming upwards. It is dark. I see a shimmering light above me. I break through the plane of the water's surface with my lungs bursting. I suck for air — and find only more water. My lungs are full of water ...
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... I break the plane of the water's surface over and over and over again. This water annihilates me. I cannot be, and yet — an excruciating impossibility — I am. I will do anything not to be here."4
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"Not long after the trial, a lithograph of Jones captioned "The Man-Monster" began to appear around Manhattan, pasted in shop windows and on brick buildings. In the illustration, Jones is the very picture of refined elegance ...
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... Her expression is serene and confident, and she locks eyes directly with the viewer."5
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"Apprehensive, desire turns aside; sickened, it rejects. A certainty protects it from the shameful — a certainty of which it is proud holds on to it ...
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... But simultaneously, just the same, that impetus, that spasm, that leap is drawn toward an elsewhere as tempting as it is condemned."6
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"May you discover the enlivening power of darkness within yourself. May it nourish your rage."7
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"Are there many little
boys who think they
are a monster?"8
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1Irigaray, Luce. Marine Lover of Friedrich Nietzsche, 54
2Singh, Julietta. No Archive Will Restore You, 16-17
3Stryker, Susan. "My Words to Victor Frankenstein Above the Village of Chamounix: Performing Transgender Rage,"240
4Stryker, Susan. 247
5Gill-Peterson, Jules. A Short History of Trans Misogyny
6Kristeva, Julia. Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection, 1
7Stryker, Susan. 251
8Carson, Anne. Autobiography of Red, 12


sticker of a dodo illustration from 'The dodo and its kindred; or the history, affinities, and osteology of the dodo, solitaire, and other extinct birds, of the islands Mauritius, Rodriguez and Bourbon' by H.E. Strickland ... and A.G. Melville