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SCUM Manifesto

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  2,497 Ratings  ·  284 Reviews
SCUM Manifesto was considered one of the most outrageous, violent and certifiably crazy tracts when it first appeared in 1968. Valerie Solanas, the woman who shot Andy Warhol, self-published this work just before her rampage against the king of Pop Art made her a household name and resulted in her confinement to a mental institution. But the Manifesto, for all its vitriol, ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published May 17th 2004 by Verso (first published 1967)
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Corvus what's funny is that this book is basically the female version of your attitude turned against men instead of the usual societal misogyny. I see the…morewhat's funny is that this book is basically the female version of your attitude turned against men instead of the usual societal misogyny. I see the irony is lost on you, but that's the great thing about this book.(less)

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I am both a walking dildo and a walking abortion. I, like every man, know deep down that I'm a worthless piece of shit.

Well, shit. Look, here's the thing. People either compare this to something like A Modest Proposal or they dismiss it as the work of a raving lunatic. Very few feminists would agree with Solanas. Especially since Solanas has lots of (really offensive) shit to say about women, especially women who like fucking dudes ("raving sex maniacs" is a very mild example).

The manifesto is
I had no idea how to prepare for college, nor any idea what to do once I got there. I just knew that my friends were going, and I didn't want to get a job. I started by perming my hair. This seemed, somehow, the most logical step, though apparently nobody told any of my friends this, and if asked where I'd gotten the idea, I likely would have replied "I am going to college!" and fled, crying and punching myself. I then went to T.J. Maxx and bought a bunch of weird-looking clothes. Lots of vibran ...more
Anthony D'Juan Shelton
Feb 22, 2008 Anthony D'Juan Shelton rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: not sure.
Recommended to Anthony by: Ian Preston Cinnamon
Gotta love this book. It's so right on and so way off. It's beautiful in theory and tragic in reality.
Anthony Vacca
On one hand, Valerie Solanas’ self-published 1968 incendiary quasi-treatise, the SCUM Manifesto, is a full-on attack of the male-dominated status quo of 20th century American society, and—if viewed as a vicious satire à la Swift’s A Modest Proposal—is written in as spirited and vile a voice as any one of the many vitriolic grotesqueries to be found in the best of Alexander Theroux’s writing. The manifesto’s humble opinion is that women are the only half of our species that deserve to live and th ...more
If SCUM ever marches, it will be over the President's stupid, sickening face; if SCUM ever strikes, it will be in the dark with a six-inch blade.

As near as this 'biological accident' of feeble brain and weak will can tell, this book is the Modest Proposal of second-wave feminism. By proposing an idea so ridiculous, so genocidal and violent, so stereotyping and repulsive, the author asks questions about the silent limitations and gilded cages of women in the mid-20th century.

I once got into an a
I'm reading this, as a man of course, and cheering on Solanas' bad-ass, hilarious, blunt-force-trauma, withering, genocidal rant against men. If I might make a crude equation, my irrational response might correlate to a Jew cheering on Hitler at the Nuremberg rallies. (Yes, it is a crude equation -- I'm not in danger -- but you get my drift).

But seriously, this manifesto -- a fuck-load more fun than Marx's "Communist Manifesto" -- half makes me want to march into the mountain to my demise like t
Alexander Santiago
The assertion by its author of the inherent superiority of women over men, and whose book opens with ". . men are a biological accident . . " and puts forth that argument in a rollercoaster debate, you know you are definitely in for a hell of a ride. Thus is Valerie Solanas' magnum opus - SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto - a feminist classic from the revolutionary change of the '60s, in which she penned her edgy, radical, brilliant thoughts and ideas, namely the purging from the earth ...more
Feb 06, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Since an early age, women are told to look past the misogyny in much so called "great art". Screw that! Here is a hilarious answer to 2,000 (or more) years of patriarchal oppression. Solanas is brilliantly witty, and for those scardey cat, humorless males that say "but she tried to kill someone!" the answer to that is- so did Norman Mailer. And William Burroughs actually KILLED his wife, but we would NEVER hold that against these "GREAT WRITERS", now, would we? Althusser...I'm sure the list goes ...more
mark monday
cute book, and a handy guide for getting rid of some of these annoying guys crowding up the planet. valerie solanas is adorable!
Ayse Kelce
Sep 15, 2016 Ayse Kelce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2016
Radikal, net ve acımasızdı. Yazarı, soğukkanlılığı için, binlerce kez tebrik etmek gerekir.
I deeply resent that the top reviews for this book are written by men. May the ghost of Valerie Solanas haunt all of you.

The SCUM Manifesto is important to me because it represents every "irrational" thought I've had when I've been angry and, due to both rage and social constraints placed around the proper expression of women's emotion, unable to express them. In The SCUM Manifesto , these thoughts are presented as justified and even logical. When I read The SCUM Manifesto, I feel legitimized.
Sep 21, 2007 Robert rated it did not like it
Hey, I wrote a book. How can I get this published? Nobody will touch it? What if I tried to kill a famous person? Hello fame!
Mar 02, 2014 sologdin rated it it was ok
Not sure if this is serious or not. If serious, it’s one of the worst books ever written. If an elaborate satire, then very effective. Object of the satire could be misogynist discourse (i.e., applying the same barbarities to men that are routinely applied to women), or feminist discourse (i.e., taking certain feminist principles and exaggerating them to irrational ends), or the discourse of masculinity (i.e., suggesting that masculinist doctrine sets up an ideal that needs to be cut up (analyze ...more
Jan 15, 2008 Bari rated it it was amazing
"The male is a biological accident: the Y (male) gene is an incomplete X (female) gene, that is, it has an incomplete set of chromosomes. In other words, the male is an incomplete female, a walking abortion, aborted at the gene stage. To be male is to be deficient, emotionally limited; maleness is a deficiency disease and males are emotional cripples."


Erkekleri Doğrama Cemiyeti (SCUM=Society For Cutting Up Men) Manifestosu, kanaatimce biraz fazla "uç" fikirler içeren bir metin. Solanas'ın fikirlerinin benim anladığım, inandığım feminizm ile çok bağlantılı olduğunu düşünmüyorum açıkçası.

Erkekler, Solanas'a göre eksik kadınlar. Bu eksiklerinin bilincindeler; ama bu göstermekten deli gibi korkuyorlar ve her türlü rezilliği yapıyorlar. Erkekler kötü, babalar iğrenç (bu keskin fikirlerde Solanas'ın küçük yaşta babası tarafından taciz edilmesinin
Sep 24, 2015 Nika rated it really liked it
the reviews for this alone are priceless. wow, a dude crying over someone not representing him accurately in media, wonder how that must feel... also, derailing with stuff like "what if this was about women instead" is irrelevant because you can't seriously think that that has never been done before (and was mostly met with a surprising lack of outrage), right?

anyhow, this was a pretty energizing read.
Nov 14, 2008 melydia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why are manifestos so often written by crazies? This 50-page anti-male screed by the woman most famous for shooting Andy Warhol is, well, kind of hard to read. I can ignore the man hatred - that's a matter of opinion - but many of her suggestions for improving the world are simply batty. First, that her notion of communism would work. It's inconceivable that all the people of the world would work together towards Solanas's idea of the common good. Second, "automation" does not mean zero work. Ma ...more
May 07, 2008 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good dose of crazy, faulty reasoning. Very entertaining.

Underlying some of her radical and ridiculous statements are actually some interesting concepts (which we still hear about--lab babies, for example). However, you have to dig through her man-hating murderous rage to see it.

I just hope no one comes across this and thinks it's what feminism really is.
Tim Page
Mar 28, 2015 Tim Page rated it did not like it
We'll start off with the good. Feminists are among the most uncool people in the word and their writings are less interesting than watching water boil. In contrast Valerie Solanas is actually funny at times. Men are "obsessed with screwing; he’ll swim through a river of snot, wade nostril-deep through a mile of vomit, if he thinks there’ll be a friendly pussy awaiting him. He’ll screw a woman he despises, any snaggle-toothed hag, and furthermore, pay for the opportunity." The childish tawdriness ...more
Jun 04, 2012 SmarterLilac rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yikes. As part of my attempt to get back to 'real' reading, I finally decided to tackle this infamous work.

Ugh. I cannot make myself believe the author was serious about these ideas in a literal way. I think the Manifesto succeeds as a condemnation of patriarchy and classism. My guess is, she was going for some kind of satire--an indictment of '60s radicals and their extremist ways?

The writing, however, is awful, and on its face, horribly offensive. It's sad to me that this is viewed by so many
"The male is a biological accident: the Y (male) gene is an incomplete X (female) gene, that is, it has an incomplete set of chromosomes. In other words, the male is an incomplete female, a walking abortion, aborted at the gene stage. To be male is to be deficient, emotionally limited; maleness is a deficiency disease and males are emotional cripples."

I've been on the Internet for so long that I am hardly fazed by anything anymore. I mean, only yesterday I saw a picture of a still-born fetus of
Pat Schakelvoort
Mar 30, 2009 Pat Schakelvoort rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Crab People / Fat Chicks / Sex in the city fans
Five stars for being a woman, that didn`t just complain/screech when she was offended by something. Instead she wrote an manifesto for the extermination of males and shot Andy Warhol.

This woman is clearly superior than all those broads who claim to be modern and tolerant, but screech out when somebody dares to touch their o so beloved celebrities.
May 22, 2012 Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012
Alongside the discussion about the male is defective animal, she says some profound things about the gender roles in a way calm,droll acadamic essays about men,women cant say. It is very special reading someone who is fearless about some really big human issues.

The agressive language,tone made it a powerful read.
Sep 21, 2013 Marvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
There is a fine line behind crazy and inspired. There is also a fine line between crazy and genius but Valerie Solanas was no genius. For that matter, she probably wasn't crazy. At least, not at first. She was a very troubled woman damaged by child molestation and abuse. She appeared to have had volatile relationships with others, letting them in then turning against them when they turned out to be flawed humans. This defense mechanism had tragic consequences for both her and Andy Warhol, who sh ...more
Si te tomas el libro en serio es ridículo, pero como sátira es brillante. Se invierte toda la lógica de la misoginia y presenta un mundo donde el hombre es el sexo débil y defectuoso, mientras que las mujeres son fuertes y capaces de matar a todos los hombres. Contradice todos los mensajes que propaga nuestra cultura y sirve para pensar cómo las cosas podrían ser radicalmente diferentes. Debajo de sus declaraciones absurdas te encuentras alguna idea interesante que aún sigue debatiéndose actualm ...more
Oct 14, 2016 Chris rated it it was ok
I am glad that someone told me to read this as satire, but that still didn't quite help. Jonathan Swift, she isn't. Still, important to read to simply capture a sense of feminism than. I also am left with the feeling that the pop opera I saw about Andy Warhol did Solanas a huge injustice.
Jun 14, 2009 Wendy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who ponder sexism
Recommended to Wendy by: Brian at work
This short little book is pretty funny. I have never read such a man-hating tirade and it made me laugh a whole bunch. Apparently, Solanas was asked at some point to make her manifesto into a novel and it's too bad that doesn't exist, because it would be awesome! I wonder how much of this was written in seriousness and how much is satire.

I gave it three stars just for political reasons. Feminism gets a bad name these days and stuff like this probably isn't helpful... humorous though it is.

It al
Jan 02, 2016 Isabel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1900s, 2016-reads
I really hope this was satire.
Marisol García
Aug 19, 2016 Marisol García rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ensayo, favorites, 2016
El humor que nace de la indignación puede ser especialmente efectivo, así como la denuncia que se exagera para descolocar a los tontos que leen todo literal es también una forma de crítica deliciosamente aguda. Pero manejar bien ambas herramientas es difícil: o te caes al berrinche o levantas un llamado que no vale la pena tomarse en serio. Valerie Solanas, en cambio, es perfecta en ambas, probablemente única: su manifiesto del más radical feminismo es tan gracioso como convincente en su furia. ...more
Paquita Maria Sanchez
a laugh-out-loud, gut-busting comedic performance.
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Valerie Jean Solanas was an American radical feminist writer best known for shooting the artist Andy Warhol in 1968. She wrote the SCUM Manifesto, an essay on patriarchal culture advocating the creation of an all-female society.
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