SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas


Time to dust off the switchblade – the SCUM Manifesto is back!

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“To call a man an animal is to flatter him; he is a machine, a walking dildo. It’s said that men use women. Use them for what? Certainly not pleasure.”

It’s fitting that this printing of the misandrist bible is so slim, perfectly sized to fit in the criminally tiny pockets of women’s jeans, right next to your trusty switchblade. Written by Valerie Solanas shortly before she pumped Andy Warhol full of lead, the SCUM Manifesto is a radical feminist tract that smashes at the patriarchy with all the subtlety and nuance of a sledgehammer.

Aren’t you tired of being nice? Don’t you ever wanna go apeshit? Then SCUM is the book for you! You’ll find 0 “not all men”-style concessions in its pages, just pure, undistilled, utterly justified, laser-focused, filthy, vomitrocious, and 100% fucking hilarious RAGE at this “shitpile” of a world. Male genocide = moral imperative. – Terry

First circulated on the streets of Greenwich Village in 1967, the SCUM Manifesto is a searing indictment of patriarchal culture in all its forms. Shifting fluidly between the worlds of satire and straightforward critique, this classic is a call to action—a radical feminist vision for a different world. This is an update of the essential AK Press edition, with a new foreword.

“To see the SCUM Manifesto’s humor, to let it crack you up page after page, is not to read it as a joke. It’s not. The truth of the world as seen though Valerie’s eyes is patently absurd, a cosmic joke. Humor such as this is a muscle, a weapon… It was the truth, and the truth is so absurd it’s painful.” —Michelle Tea

“Unhampered by propriety, niceness, discretion, public opinion, ‘morals’, the respect of assholes, always funky, dirty, low-down SCUM gets around… You’ve got to go through a lot of sex to get to anti-sex, and SCUM’s been through it all, and they’re now ready for a new show; they want to crawl out from under the dock, move, take off, sink out.” —Valerie Solanas

Valerie Solanas was a radical feminist playwright and social propagandist who was arrested in 1968 after her attempted assassination of Andy Warhol. Deemed a paranoid schizophrenic by the state, Solanas was immortalized in the 1996 film I Shot Andy Warhol.

SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas