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Scum Manifestoby Valerie Solanas, Avital Ronell
Pub. Date: 04/19/2004
Publisher: Verso Books
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/i>
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, is impossible to dismiss as just the rantings of a lesbian lunatic. In fact, the work has indisputable prescience, not only as a radical feminist analysis light-years ahead of its timepredicting artificial insemination, ATMs, a feminist uprising against under-representation in the artsbut also as a stunning testament to the rage of an abused and destitute woman.
The focus of this edition is not on the nostalgic appeal of the work, but on Avital Ronell’s incisive introduction, “Deviant Payback: The Aims of Valerie Solanas.” Here is a reconsideration of Solanas’s infamous text in light of her social milieu, Derrida’s “The Ends of Man” (written in the same year), Judith Butler’s Excitable Speech, Nietzsche’s Ubermensch and notorious feminist icons from Medusa, Medea and Antigone, to Lizzie Borden, Lorenna Bobbit and Aileen Wournos, illuminating the evocative exuberance of Solanas’s dark tract.
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I gotta say that this is a terrible work of literature. These are basically Hitler-esque ideas masquerading as feminism. This isn't feminism. This is flat-out misandry. If you don't know what it means, look it up. There is a very fine line between fighting for equality in all aspects of sociopolitical culture (feminism) and desiring the enslavement and termination of all men (misandry). And the fact that the only two people to rate this book are a girl who read it right after breaking up with her boyfriend, which already probably sent her into a misandristic tailspin, and a 16-year-old "radical" teen girl doesn't say very much about this book at all. I'm sorry, but I gotta rate this a 1, just to knock it down a peg due to its Hitler-esque philosophy.
I read this book for the first time shortly after my 16th birthday- I reccommend it to all radical teenage girls and the mothers.