The above set of patriarchal emotion roles are described in order to critique how the stutter, as well as other expressions of impairment, challenge the assignment and location of gender and sexual placement within the normative matrix and hierarchy. The stutter is a transgender act because it is simultaneously monotone and overly masculine while also associated with weakness and cowardice that are attributed to the feminine within the Western patriarchal ideology. The stutter represents a misuse of affect to a society based on a hetero-patriarchal hierarchy. Feeling is expected to be expressed only in terms of the gender plot one is assigned. In the patriarchal family, the stutter ruptures this system of placement. The stutterer becomes unattractive within a heterosexual world of compulsory hyper-masculinity and becomes to unfinished or monotone or devoid of meaning to properly be coded as the passionate feminine.
The placement of the stutter outside of the patriarchal division of gender expression is important. Stutterers are stereotyped in film as carrying traits associated with childishness; the stutter is located beyond gender as it refracts into masculine and feminine forms of cowardice and brusqueness simultaneously. The stutterer has the unique opportunity to recognize dysphoria as their socially produced expectation for their speech is brought into conflict with the reality of misunderstanding and extra social labor having to be done by the stutterer. Body dysphoria and speech dysphoria are similar in that both have to do with an oppressive limited assignment. As “girl” or “boy” are handed to a body that has no implicit categories, syllables are labeled “fluent” and “dysfluent” spuriously. The stutterer is assigned the social expectation of fluency and must discard the taxonomies that restrict their view of themselves.
A further point that I hope to make is that stuttering and other communicative expressions of impairment negate the assignment of gender and make possible polysexual and transsexual communication. When I stutter, I feel neither masculinized nor feminized; I am allowed to be a brusque passive-object simultaneously; I walk a neutral space in patriarchy and this neutrality is why others disconnect from me. Neutrality in both male and female gender assignment communities is fearful, as identification is one of few reliable rules of the social worlds of gender. The stutterer walks between gender segregations and expresses polysexuality and polygender through an irruption of invisibility in conversation.