MAC'S BACKS FEMME BOOK CLUB DISCUSSES SCUM MANIFESTO
Mac's Backs Femme Book Club discusses Scum Manifesto by Valerie Solanas.
"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."
Outrageous and violent, SCUM Manifesto was widely lambasted when it first appeared in 1968. Valerie Solanas, the woman who shot Andy Warhol, self-published the book just before she became a notorious household name and was confined to a mental institution. But for all its vitriol, it is impossible to dismiss as the mere rantings of a lesbian lunatic. In fact, the work has proved prescient, not only as a radical feminist analysis light years ahead of its time--predicting artificial insemination, ATMs, a feminist uprising against underrepresentation in the arts--but also as a stunning testament to the rage of an abused and destitute woman.
Valerie Jean Solanas (1936-88) was an American radical feminist writer who is best known for SCUM Manifesto, as well as for the attempted murder of artist Andy Warhol.
"Valerie Solanas wrote a very angry and very precise portrait of what she considered the male to be: something between a human and an ape; an unresponsive blob only concerned with physical sensation and without the capacity for empathy or self-knowledge or intimacy, and at the same time full of hatred and jealously and shame and guilt. Her description is beautiful and on some level, I think, entirely accurate."
"Its nihilism is a form of utopia for Solanas, a pre-punk aesthete who fearlessly tossed out ideas that people are just now beginning to raise ... As a mixture of social philosophy and fine shtick, her work has the rare virtue of seeming at the same time totally insane and totally right."
--Los Angeles Times
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