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SCUM Manifesto (1971)

by Valerie Solanas

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Skip the tedious introduction from Ronell which adds nothing and go straight to the hilarious, furious and strangely prescient (in places) manifesto. Just watched the excellent I Shot Andy Warhol and it reads better if you have the harsh New Yawk accent in your head. ( )
  arewenotben | Jul 31, 2020 |
“Every man, deep down, knows he's a worthless piece of shit.” ( )
  Jetztzeit | May 15, 2020 |
“SCUM Manifesto” is a fascinating and well-written manifesto that I believe all people would find entertaining. While extremely disturbing, for it discusses eliminating the entire male sex in order to better society, it is definitely an interesting read. We can see the complex and deep intricacies of Valerie Solanas’ mind. This radical feminist text is continuously shocking, even if written in the 1960s. Whether you agree or disagree, empathize with the author or become incredibly infuriated, it is a worthwhile read. While the content is problematic in its hatred towards men and reinforcement of a rigid gender binary, it portrays an fascinating moment of feminist history. -Nicole S.
  muwomenscenter | May 31, 2013 |
i wanted to give this piece 1 star because you can pull some good ideas and concepts out of her ranting, but i couldn't equate it with the other books that i've given even 1 star on this list. and i'm not cool with something so motivated by hatred, so i can live with the .5 star rating for this one. (was she for real, or could this have been a swiftian satire? i have trouble believing that she's for real, but evidence from her life suggests she is, so...)

i refuse to accept or believe that all men are inherently bad, especially as bad as solaras portrays them, and that there's no chance of redemption. i understand her point, but i just don't believe that is true. maybe she'd say that i'm not a radical enough feminist (i think she'd use much cruder and offensive language to call me out) and maybe she'd be right, but i won't believe that the base humanity that can exist in people has been completely lost from the male gender. and i also won't accept her call to violence; i do not believe that is a constructive analysis of our society. i'm not a fan of such vitriol, whose only conclusion is gen(der)ocide.

that said:

"There's no reason why a society consisting of rational beings capable of empathizing with each other, complete and having no natural reason to compete, should have a government, laws, or leaders."

"No genuine social revolution can be accomplished by the male, as the male on top wants the status quo, and all the male on the bottom wants is to be the male on top. The male 'rebel' is a farce; this is the male's 'society,' made by him to satisfy his needs." ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Apr 2, 2013 |
As a rant, it's an excellent one and very funny in parts.

I had issues with the ableism of it, and I'm not sure what to do with the anti-gay slurs. Which seem ... not to be slurs to Solanas? Which doesn't give her the right to use them.

Read as a parody of the typical women-hating rant found in an awful lot of books by Manly Man, it's brilliance. Read literally, it's horrifying in parts and very, very clever in others.

For a 60-page work, it's generating more thought than anything else I've read this year. ( )
  JetSilver | Mar 31, 2013 |
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