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SCUM Manifesto

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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
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published May 17th 2004 by Verso (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
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
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 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.
Feb 06, 2010 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
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
Sep 21, 2007 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!
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
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!
Hazal Çamur
Sanıyorum hayatımda okuduğum en ilginç biyografi Valerie Solanas'a ait olandı. Vay be, dedim okurken.

Manifestoya gelecek olursak,
Bir yandan inanılmaz öngörülü (dediklerinin belli bir kısmını şu an yaşıyoruz), diğer yandan başka yerde kolay kolay okuyamayacağım türden dürüst, açık ve şiddetli. Her fikrine katılmak zorunda değil insan, fakat böyle bir zihne temas etmeden geçmemeli.

Yıldız vermeyi bu eserde manasız buldum.

Son olarak, çeviri ve editörlük harikaydı.
Ayse Kelce
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, favorites
Radikal, net ve acımasızdı. Yazarı, soğukkanlılığı için, binlerce kez tebrik etmek gerekir.
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
Sep 24, 2015 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.
Kübra  Yağmur Aslanhan
Erkeğin uğursuz bir Midas dokunuşu vardır - neye dokunsa boka çevrilir.

Şu ufak alıntı dahi Solanas'ın kafasındakiler hakkında bir fikir verebilir aslında hepimize...
O deli değil. Kesinlikle değil, sadece yaşamış zeki bir insan. Zaten deli yaftası yemişlerin çoğu bizden akıllı olduğu için delidir.
Bir erkeğe hayvan demek ona iltifat etmektir; o bir makine, yürüyen bir vibratördür.

Ayrılıkçı bir feminist olan bu kadının önsöz de bahsedilmiş hayat hikayesini (Wikipedia da okuyabileceğinizden çok
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
Jan 13, 2008 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."


Mar 02, 2014 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
"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
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
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
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
Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the brooding witch)
"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
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.
Apr 07, 2012 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.
Aslı Can
Saldırgan ve zekice yazılmış. Politikadan kaçan zekice bir politik hat çizmiş. Özellikle kadınlar okumalı bence. Sonra da SCUM'la eril kafası kesmeyeee. ( SCUM yan örgütüne katılmaya razı erkekler hariç. Onları da güzel bir aydınlanma dönemi bekliyor.)
La vera utilità di un delirio è la sopravvivenza psichica di chi ne è la protagonista.
L'essere sopravvissute e sopravvissuti non è condizione sufficiente per diventare pensatrici o pensatori degni di nota, come è ovvio. Ma può bastare per consegnare ai posteri alcune pagliuzze d'oro in un setaccio colmo di sabbia.
Le valutazioni andrebbero quindi date alle orafe del pensiero femminista del dopo-Solanas.
Matthew Funke
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Pat Schakelvoort
Mar 30, 2009 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.
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: feminist, essays, kindle
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.
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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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