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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  5,615 ratings  ·  709 reviews
Valerie Solonas' manifesto for forming a Society for Cutting Up Men - for destroying the male sex. ...more
chapbook, 24 pages
Published 1989 by Dialectical Immaterialism Press (first published 1967)
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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 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.
Feb 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 21, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Anthony D'Juan Shelton
Feb 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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. ...more
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
Jan 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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."


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
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!
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
Nov 13, 2008 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
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 (didn’t say i liked it though)
unknown pokemon
Jul 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexist, 1-star
"The male is completely egocentric, trapped inside himself, incapable of empathizing or
identifying with others, or love, friendship, affection of tenderness. He is a completely isolated
unit, incapable of rapport with anyone."

Rating: 0/5 Stars.



I'm at loss of words...

I mean, I knew what I was getting into when I bought this but still, there's a difference between knowing something and seeing it through my own glasses. I didn't know it was possible for me to be unable to critic something beca
Sleepless Dreamer
SCUM Manifesto was written by Valerie Solanas, the woman who attempted to murder Andy Warhol. This short book is essentially a manifesto explaining why the world would be better without men. 

About half of this book is an introduction by Avital Ronell. While figuring out if she's Israeli or not (as Avital is an Israeli name), I learned that she sexually harassed a graduate student (reading some of the emails she sent him is pretty upsetting). Even worse, she didn't even lose her job teaching at N
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right after I finished reading this slim volume, I took an incredibly long and comfortable nap. The two may or may not be correlated.

I do not think Valerie Solanas was crazy — not for writing SCUM Manifesto, and certainly not for depositing those three infamous bullets into Andy Warhol (facts: the gunshots, though not fatal, essentially sliced up Warhol's abdomen, and 'SCUM' is an apronym for 'Society for Cutting Up Men'). Solanas was consistently wronged and marginalised throughout her life,
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 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should probably explain my four stars. Obviously, I don’t agree with many of her points, but that’s not the point of this. Here is an autobiographical documentation of a girl who is lost and confused, who tries to make sense of her trauma through theory. Her outlandish claims about biology that bear a rigid gender essentialism may be off-putting for some, and rightfully so, but some of us see through it. I relate to her fury. Her sweeping generalizations of the male population do bear some tru ...more
Anya (~on a semi-hiatus~)
"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
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, non-fiction
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 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
There is a fine line between 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 s ...more
Jun 04, 2012 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
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a great piece of entertainment.
Just, so many gems... "To call a man an animal is to flatter him; he's a machine, a walking dildo."
May 04, 2008 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.
Pat Schakelvoort
Mar 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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. ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really hope this was satire.
No rating, but you get a review.
The essay by Ronell that precedes Solanas' text and tries to explain it is despicable. Namedropping every philosopher the author has ever read or pretended to read, it completely skips over the materialism that pervades SCUM in favor of self-satisfactory navelgazing.
The actual manifesto truly is something. All claims made in it relate to the thesis that the male (using female and male in this review as that is how Solanas puts it) is inferior, hollow, full of self
Nick Younker
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you read it as an op-ed, then you can get past the cringe novelty that was the final chapter in this manifesto. Solanas, although quite unkind to all men in general with her opening remarks regarding the X and Y gene, made clear that women were superior by genetics in a disheveled dialogue rant that was short and hit the sweet spot, although cringeworthy as well.

So reading as an op-ed, that gave me the illusion of fiction, which it was. Although Andy Warhol might object, the piece is surpris
Agnes Stenqvist
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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