S.C.U.M. Manifesto: Society for Cutting Up Men
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S.C.U.M. Manifesto: Society for Cutting Up Men

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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
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Published 1968 by The Olympia Press (first published 1st 1967)
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Jeremy
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
Hadrian
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...more
Adam
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...more
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
Evan
I'm reading this, as a man of course, and cheering on Solanas' bad-ass, hilarious, blunt-force-trauma, withering, genocidal rant against men. It would be like a Jew cheering on Hitler at the Nuremberg rallies.

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 the rat I am (being male), lead by the Pied Piper's siren-song of pussy.

This magnificently breathless, radical feminist tirade -- filled...more
sologdin
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
Anthony D'Juan Shelton
Feb 22, 2008 Anthony D'Juan Shelton rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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.
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!
Marvin
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
Jennifer
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
SmarterLilac
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...more
Tina
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.
Pat Shackleford
Mar 30, 2009 Pat Shackleford rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Crab People / Fat Chicks / Sex in the city fans
Shelves: sex
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.
Robert
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!
melydia
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
Christy
"Life in this society being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of society being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and destroy the male sex."

So says Valerie Solanas at the beginning of her SCUM Manifesto. The manifesto itself is violent, twisted, and disturbing--but the frustration and anger Solanas exhibits is, given the society in which she li...more
Wendy
Jun 14, 2009 Wendy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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...more
Cwn_annwn_13
Valerie Solanas was certainly one crazy Jewess. As most people know she shot Andy Warhol after being shunned by his social clique which she briefly gained access to. There is a boring intro written by someone other than Solanas which constitues about 40% of the book. As for the actual SCUM Manifesto the main theme seems to be males do bad things and want to control everything because they subconciously want to be women. Kind of an inverted version of penis envy I suppose.

I do have to be fair to...more
Laura
At moments incoherent, at other moments, brilliant, this book is beyond radical feminism, it's occasionally funny and at times, despite myself, I found myself nodding my head a little in agreement.

CAVEAT - a date once browsed my bookshelf, saw this, and got a little nervous thinking I was one of those "man-hating feminists." I said, "Then why would I date you or any man?" This is like Mein Kampf -- it's interesting to read but not necessarily in your best interests to display.
andrew
May 10, 2007 andrew rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: people that like good books
this is the real thing totally pure,angry and beautiful.every girl should be given a copy of this book the second she starts menstration,lets see how that changes the world.the s.c.u.m. legions vs. the patriarchy.i dont care if im killed in the fray,id be happy just to be a part of it.
neona
although this is way over the top, solanas makes some great points. it is also absolutely hilarious at times. a must read.
Paquita Maria Sanchez
a laugh-out-loud, gut-busting comedic performance.
Ali
Jan 28, 2009 Ali rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: historians, gender studies students, people who didn't clutch their pearls at Swift
Shelves: 2009, feminist, queer
I'll start with the obvious: the SCUM manifesto is misandric, misogynistic, and offensive to practically everyone, including both heterosexuals and gay men and lesbians. As a satirical protest, it re-envisions every aspect of gender relations and offers a 180° perspective on every typical analysis of gender in the late 60s. It interprets men as incomplete women, calls for genocide of men as a result, devalues male traits, examines men's "pussy envy" in opposition to female "penis envy". Its call...more
John
It's interesting when the most radical thinkers make use of the most traditional ideas. I recently saw a Black Panther Party platform from the late sixties. The platform concludes with a lengthy quotation from the Declaration of Independence (cleverly redeployed for the independence of black America from white America).

I recalled this quotation while reading S.C.U.M. Manifesto which, as I'm sure you all know, is a scabrous denunciation of men. Yet in the section entitled "Isolation, Suburbs, and...more
Shannon
May 08, 2008 Shannon marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, non-fiction
Edit: I found out about this book on the website for "Hothead Paisan, Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist", a graphic novel that I'm currently reading (so far, so excellent). It should be noted that, apparently, SCUM stands for "Society for Cutting Up Men".

Nice! I find all this hilarious- which may not be an appropriate reaction, since Valerie Solanas was clearly very serious (anyone who sincerely writes a manifesto, and you know, shoots Andy Warhol, probably isn't fucking around). I just think the mere...more
tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
When I 1st reviewed this bk I gave it a 2 star rating & the following review:

"The edition shown isn't the one I have. There are many editions for 2 obvious reasons: the subject matter is sensational & she shot Andy Warhol. She's dementedly angry but so am I so I don't hold that against her. Shooting Warhol was a pretty stupid thing to do though. In the 1980s I tried to find her in NYC to interview her. I didn't succeed. I probably didn't try hard enuf. By then, I'm told, she was a stree...more
Mie
What a load of crap! I am a woman but gosh how I hate feminists! This is about how unfair men have treated women through the ages and that women should take a stand - and how are they to do that? By doing the exact same thing as men did by repress and diminish them - in other words, the women should sink themselves down to an unforgivable level and behave as badly as men had. Yeah, good idea!
Xio
I received this as a xeroxed paperclipped bunch of papers from some female friend of my fathers. I think.

There ought to be a category between ok and like that expresses amusement. Because that would be my attitude toward it. I don't care much about petty squabbles amongst the artsy rich and so on but I read for fun many different varieties of manifesto/s written by the truly mad. As in, pissed and crazy. And ms Solanis was that.

But outside of my fetishes and certain circles noone knows her name...more
Leajk
Nov 07, 2012 Leajk rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: misogynists
Recommended to Leajk by: no one
I will write a really long review of this some day talking about how bad I feel for Solanas who obviously had both intellect and wits, but also serious mental issues.

About how sorry I am that she sould have to go and ruin this brilliant satire by shooting Andy Warhol.

About how it's still a suprisingly fun and overall suprising read contrary to my previous belifs about the book. Especially since there wasn't actually any detailed descriptions about actually cutting or shooting men. That was a r...more
Amber
Although I agree with Valerie Solanas sound like a raving feminist lunatic it's a breath of freash air to read all the Freudian, anti-women crap that are always fed to the general populace turned on its head for a second.

I love men and women but it's an interesting commentary to read it compared to other works from the early 1900s talking of women in society, their place and lifestyle to see the similarities to the outlandish explanations and analysis to why one sex may be better/worst than ano...more
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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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