Cover of SCUM Manifesto (Verso Press edition)
|Subject||Gender studies; satire|
1968 (commercial publication)
|Pages||Original edition: 21 & cover p.|
The SCUM Manifesto is a radical feminist manifesto by Valerie Solanas published in 1967. It argues that men have ruined the world, and that it is up to women to fix it. To achieve this goal, it suggests the formation of SCUM, an organization dedicated to overthrowing society and eliminating the male sex. The Manifesto is widely regarded as satirical, but based on legitimate philosophical and social concerns. It has been reprinted at least 10 times, translated into 13 languages, and excerpted several times.
The term SCUM appeared on the cover of first edition from Olympia Press as S.C.U.M. and was said to stand for "Society for Cutting Up Men." Solanas objected, insisting that it was not an acronym, although the expanded term appeared in a Village Voice ad she had written in 1967. Solanas held a series of recruitment meetings for SCUM at the Chelsea Hotel where she lived, but a decade later insisted that the organization was "just a literary device" and never really existed.
The Manifesto was little-known until Solanas attempted to kill Andy Warhol in 1968. This event brought significant public attention to the Manifesto and Solanas herself. While some feminists defended Solanas and considered the Manifesto a valid criticism of the patriarchal order, others, such as Betty Friedan, considered Solanas's views to be too radical and polarizing. Although Solanas's motives for shooting Warhol remain unclear, the Manifesto is still frequently associated with this event.
- 1 Publication history
- 2 Contents
- 3 SCUM as literary device
- 4 Reception and criticism
- 5 SCUM organization
- 6 Influence
- 7 Notes
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 Further reading
- 11 External links
Solanas began drafting the SCUM Manifesto as early as 1959 or 1960. In 1967, she self-published the first edition by making two thousand mimeographed copies and selling them on the streets of Greenwich Village in New York City. Solanas charged women one dollar and men two dollars each. By the following spring, about 400 copies had been sold. Solanas signed a publishing contract with Maurice Girodias in August 1967 for a novel and asked him to accept the SCUM Manifesto in its place, later that year.
The first commercial edition of the Manifesto was published by Olympia Press in New York in 1968. It includes a preface by Maurice Girodias and an essay titled "Wonder Waif Meets Super Neuter" by Paul Krassner. According to Jansen, there are subtle differences between the 1968 Olympia Press edition and Solanas' original mimeographed version. In an interview with The Village Voice, Solanas commented on the Olympia Press edition, complaining that "none of the corrections ... [she] wanted made were included and that many other changes in wording were made—all for the worse—and that there were many 'typographical errors': words and even extended parts of sentences left out, rendering the passages they should've been in incoherent." In 1977, Solanas self-published a "correct" edition which was closer to the original version and included an introduction written by her.
The SCUM Manifesto has been reprinted at least 10 times in English and translated into Croatian, Czech, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Danish. It has also been excerpted in several feminist anthologies, including Sisterhood Is Powerful, a collection of radical feminist writing edited by Robin Morgan. Verso Books published an edition in 2004 with an introduction by feminist philosopher Avital Ronell. Jon Purkis and James Bowen describe the SCUM Manifesto as a "pamphlet which has become one of the longest surviving perennials of anarchist publishing".
Solanas's sister, Judith A. Solanas Martinez, is the reported copyright holder of the SCUM Manifesto by 1997 renewal.
"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 eliminate the male sex.
Solanas begins by presenting a theory of the male as an "incomplete female" who is genetically deficient due to the Y chromosome. According to Solanas, this genetic deficiency causes the male to be emotionally limited, egocentric, and incapable of mental passion or genuine interaction. She describes the male as lacking empathy and unable to relate to anything apart from his own physical sensations. The manifesto continues by arguing that the male spends his life attempting to become female, and thereby overcome his inferiority. He does this by "constantly seeking out, fraternizing with and trying to live though and fuse with the female." Solanas rejects Freud's theory of penis envy, and argues that men have "pussy envy". Solanas then accuses men of turning the world into a "shitpile" and presents a long list of grievances.
The bulk of the manifesto consists of a litany of grievances against the male sex. The grievances are divided into the following sections:
- Niceness, Politeness and "Dignity"
- Money, Marriage and Prostitution, Work and Prevention of an Automated Society
- Fatherhood and Mental Illness (fear, cowardice, timidity, humility, insecurity, passivity)
- Suppression of Individuality, Animalism (domesticity and motherhood) and Functionalism
- Prevention of Privacy
- Isolation, Suburbs and Prevention of Community
- Authority and Government
- Philosophy, Religion and Morality Based on Sex
- Prejudice (racial, ethnic, religious, etc.)
- Competition, Prestige, Status, Formal Education, Ignorance and Social and Economic Classes
- Prevention of Conversation
- Prevention of Friendship and Love
- "Great Art" and "Culture"
- Secrecy, Censorship, Suppression of Knowledge and Ideas, and Exposés
- Hate and Violence
- Disease and Death
Due to the aforementioned grievances, the manifesto concludes that the elimination of the male sex is a moral imperative. It also argues that women must replace the "money-work system" with a system of complete automation, as this will lead to the collapse of the government and the loss of men's power over women.
In order to accomplish these goals, the manifesto proposes that a revolutionary vanguard of women be formed. This vanguard is referred to as SCUM. The manifesto argues that SCUM should employ sabotage and direct action tactics rather than civil disobedience, as civil disobedience is only useful for making small changes to society. In order to destroy the system, violent action is necessary: "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."
The manifesto ends by describing a female-dominated utopian future in which there is no money, and disease and death have been eliminated. It argues that men are irrational to defend the current system and should accept the necessity of their destruction.
SCUM as literary device
In 1977, Solanas told Smith and Van der Horst, "["'the society'"] .... [i]s just a literary device. There's no organization called SCUM—there never was, and there never will be." Claire Dederer said, "Solanas ... described [the term] SCUM as a kind of 'literary device.'" Solanas said to Smith and Van der Horst, "'[she] thought of it as a state of mind .... [in that] women who think a certain way are in SCUM .... [and] [m]en who think a certain way are in the men's auxiliary of SCUM.'"
Reception and criticism
Various critics, scholars, and journalists have analyzed the Manifesto and Solanas's statements regarding it. Prof. James Martin Harding said she "propose[d]" a "radical program". Prof. Dana Heller said the author had an "anarchic social vision" and the Manifesto had "near-utopian theories" and a "utopian vision of a world in which mechanization and systems of mass (re)production would render work, sexual intercourse, and the money system obsolete." According to Village Voice reviewer B. Ruby Rich, "SCUM was an uncompromising global vision", in the Manifesto criticizing men for many faults including war and not curing disease; many but not all points were "quite accurate"; some kinds of women were also criticized, subject to women's changing when men are not around; and sex (as in sexuality) was criticized as "exploitative". According to Janet Lyon, the Manifesto "pitt[ed] ... 'liberated' women ... against 'brainwashed' women".
Feminist critic Germaine Greer said that Solanas argued that both genders were separated from their humanity and that men want to be like women. Alice Echols says the Manifesto articulates gender as absolute rather than relative.
Heller argued that the Manifesto shows women's separation from basic economic and cultural resources and, because of psychological subordination to men, women's perpetuation of that separation. Robert Marmorstein of the Voice said that SCUM's main message included that "men have fouled up the world" and "are no longer necessary (even biologically)". Jansen said Solanas considered men "biological[ly] inferior". According to Laura Winkiel, the Manifesto wants heterosexual capitalism overthrown and the means of production taken over by women. Rich and Jansen said that technology and science would be welcome in the future.
Jansen describes the plan for creating a women's world as mainly nonviolent, as based on women's nonparticipation in the current economy and having nothing to do with any men, thereby overwhelming police and military forces, and, if solidarity among women was insufficient, some women could take jobs and "unwork", causing systemic collapse; and describes the plan as anticipating that by eliminating money there'd be no need to kill men. Heller said the Manifesto would let drag queens live and be "useful" and "productive". Jansen and Winkiel say that Solanas imagined a women-only world. Daily News reporters Frank Faso and Henry Lee, two days after Solanas shot Warhol, said Solanas "crusades for a one-sex world free of men". Winkiel says the Manifesto imagines a violent revolutionary coup by women. Prof. Ginette Castro found the Manifesto was "the feminist charter on violence", supporting terrorist hysteria. According to Jansen, Solanas posited men as animals who will be stalked and killed as prey, the killers using weapons as "phallic symbols turned against men". Rich, Castro, reviewer Claire Dederer, Friedan, Prof. Debra Diane Davis, Deborah Siegel, Winkiel, Marmorstein, and Greer said that Solanas' plan was largely to eliminate men, including by men murdering each other, although Rich thought it might be Swiftian satire and that men's retraining was an alternative in the Manifesto, Castro did not take the elimination of men as serious, and Marmorstein included criminal sabotage of men.
While, according to Lyon, the Manifesto is irreverent and witty, according to Siegel the Manifesto "articulated bald female rage" and Jansen says the Manifesto is "shocking" and breathtaking. Rich described Solanas as a "one-woman scorched-earth squad" and Siegel says the stance was "extreme"[a] and "reflected a more general disaffection with nonviolent protest in America overall." Rich says the Manifesto brought out women's "despair and anger" and advanced feminism and, according to Winkiel, U.S. radical feminism emerged because of this "declaration of war against capitalism and patriarchy". Heller suggests the Manifesto is chiefly socialist-materialist. Echols has argued that Solanas had "unabashed misandry", and people associated with Warhol (whom she shot) and various media saw it as "man-hating".
As parody and satire
Laura Winkiel, an associate professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder, argues that the "SCUM manifesto parodies the performance of patriarchal social order it refuses." Winkiel further suggests that the manifesto is "an illicit performance, a mockery of the 'serious' speech acts of patriarchy." The SCUM women mock the way in which certain men run the world and legitimize their power, Winkiel contends. Similarly, sociologist Ginette Castro states:
If we examine the text more closely, we see that its analysis of patriarchal reality is a parody [...] The content itself is unquestionably a parody of the Freudian theory of femininity, where the word woman is replaced by man [...] All the cliches of Freudian psychoanalytical theory are here: the biological accident, the incomplete sex, "penis envy" which has become "pussy envy," and so forth [...] Here we have a case of absurdity being used as a literary device to expose an absurdity, that is, the absurd theory which has been used to give "scientific" legitimacy to patriarchy [...] What about her proposal that men should quite simply be eliminated, as a way of clearing the dead weight of misogyny and masculinity? This is the inevitable conclusion of the feminist pamphlet, in the same way that Jonathan Swift's proposal that Irish children (as useless mouths) should be fed to the swine was the logical conclusion of his bitter satirical pamphlet protesting famine in Ireland. Neither of the two proposals is meant to be taken seriously, and each belongs to the realm of political fiction, or even science fiction, written in a desperate effort to arouse public consciousness.
James Penner reads the manifesto as a satirical text. He states that "[l]ike other feminist satires, the 'SCUM Manifesto' attempts to politicize women by attacking particular masculine myths that are embedded in American popular culture." He adds that "[a]s a work of satire, the 'SCUM Manifesto' is rhetorically effective in that it deconstructs the reader's received notions of masculinity and femininity." English professor Carl Singleton notes the "outrageous nature" of the manifesto and Solanas' increasing mental instability, which, he argues, led many people to trivialize the text. Singleton adds that "[o]thers saw the document as a form of political satire in the style of Jonathan Swift's 'A Modest Proposal.'" Similarly, Jansen compared it to Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal, describing "its craft ... [as having] satiric brilliance" and calling Solanas "cool and mordantly funny". The bulletin of the Project of Transnational Studies echoes the comparison to Jonathan Swift, stating that "[a] more common strategy is to read SCUM as an instance of political fiction or parody in the vein of Jonathan Swift." Writing for Spin in September 1996, Charles Aaron calls the SCUM Manifesto a "riotous, pre-feminist satire". Film director Mary Harron called the manifesto a "brilliant satire" and described its tone as "very funny". According to Rich of The Village Voice, the work possibly was "satire" and could be read as "literal or symbolic". Winkiel said, "[t]he humor and anger of satire invites women to produce this feminist script by taking on the roles of the politically performative SCUM females"; in other words, the satire invites women to act as the Manifesto calls. Paul Krassner, who was a personal acquaintance of Solanas, called the manifesto a "dittoed document of pathological proselytization with occasional overtones of unintentional satire."
Solanas's first publisher, Maurice Girodias, thought of it as "a joke" and described the manifesto, according to J. Hoberman, as "a Swiftian satire on the depraved behavior, genetic inferiority, and ultimate disposability of the male gender". Solanas, however, disagreed with Girodias on several points. Faso and Lee said that the "Scum ["program"] .... [is] [a]pparently not a put-on" and that unnamed people "who profess to know Valerie say she isn't joking ... [but] that deep down she likes men." In 1968, speaking to Marmorstein, she characterized herself on the "'SCUM thing'" as "'dead serious.'" Alexandra DeMonte, however, argues that Solanas "later claimed that her manifesto was simply a satire."
SCUM as acronym
The phrase "Society for Cutting Up Men" is on the cover of the 1967 self-published edition, after the title, in "'Presentation of ... SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) ....'" This edition precedes all commercial editions. Additionally, in the August 10, 1967 issue of The Village Voice, a letter to the editor appears that was signed by a Valerie Solanas (of SCUM, West 23rd Street) that responds to a previous letter signed by a Ruth Herschberger (published in the August 3, 1967 issue) that asks why women do not rebel against men. Solanas's response reads: "I would like to inform her and other proud, independent, females like her of the existence of SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men), a recently conceived organization which will be getting into high gear (and I mean high) within a few weeks.
However, though "SCUM" originally stood for "Society For Cutting Up Men", as evidenced inside one edition, in The New York Times, and elsewhere, this phrase actually occurs nowhere in the text. Heller argued that "there is no reliable evidence that Solanas intended SCUM to stand as an acronym for 'Society for Cutting Up Men'." Susan Ware et al. state that it was Solanas' publisher Girodias who claimed that SCUM was an acronym for "Society for Cutting Up Men", something Solanas never seems to have intended. Gary Dexter contends that Solanas called it the SCUM Manifesto without periods after the letters of SCUM. Dexter adds: "The spelling out of her coded title by Girodias was one more act of patriarchal intervention, an attempt to possess."
The word "SCUM" is used in the text in reference to a certain type of women, not to men. It refers to empowered women, "SCUM - dominant, secure, self-confident, nasty, violent, selfish, independent, proud, thrill-seeking, free-wheeling, arrogant females, who consider themselves fit to rule the universe, who have free-wheeled to the limits of this `society' and are ready to wheel on to something far beyond what it has to offer". According to Avitel Ronell, that "SCUM" was intended as an acronym was a "belated add-on", which Solanas later rejected.
Solanas organized "a public forum on SCUM .... [at which] [a]bout 40 people[,] .... [m]ostly men ... [she characterized as] 'creeps' [and] '[m]asochists'", showed up; SCUM had no members beside her. According to Greer, "little evidence [existed] that S.C.U.M. ever functioned" other than as Solanas.
The Manifesto, according to Lyon, is "notorious and influential" and was "one of the earliest ... [and] one of the most radical" tracts produced by "various strands of the American women's liberation movement". Lyon said that "by 1969 it had become a kind of bible" for Cell 16, in Boston. According to a 2012 article by Arthur Goldwag on the Southern Poverty Law Center Hatewatch blog, "Solanas continues to be much-read and quoted in some feminist circles." Whether the Manifesto should be considered a feminist classic is challenged by Heller because the Manifesto rejected a hierarchy of greatness, but she said it "remains an influential feminist text."
Women and shooting
Laura Winkiel argues that, among the effects of the Manifesto, Solanas attempted to murder Warhol (with whom she had a relationship and done creative work together) and art critic and curator Mario Amaya by shooting them at Warhol's studio and cited her Manifesto so people could understand why. Heller, however, stated that Solanas "intended no connection between the manifesto and the shooting". Harding suggests that "there is no clear indication in Solanas' ambiguous statement to reporters that the contents of the manifesto would explain the specifics of her actions, at least not in the sense of providing a script for them." Harding views the SCUM Manifesto as an "extension, not the source, of performative acts, even a violent one act like the shooting of Warhol."
Winkiel argues that revolutionary Roxanne Dunbar moved to the U.S. "convinced that a women's revolution had begun", forming Cell 16 with a program based on the Manifesto. According to Winkiel, although Solanas was "outraged" at the women's movement's "appropriat[ion]" of the Manifesto, "the shooting [of Warhol] represented the feminist movement's righteous rage against patriarchy" and Dunbar and Ti-Grace Atkinson considered the Manifesto as having initiated a "revolutionary movement", Atkinson (according to Rich) calling Solanas the "'first outstanding champion of women's rights'" and probably (according to Greer) having been "radicalized" by the language of the Manifesto to leave the National Organization for Women (NOW), and (according to Winkiel) women organized in support of Solanas. Solanas was viewed as too mentally ill and too bound up with Warhol, according to Greer, "for her message to come across unperverted." According to Prof. Davis, the Manifesto was a "forerunner" as a "call to arms among pragmatic American feminists" and was "enjoy[ing] ... wide contemporary appeal". According to Winkiel, the Manifesto "was ... influential in the spread of 'womansculture' and lesbian separatism" and is also "credited with beginning the antipornography movement."[b] Friedan opposed the Manifesto as bad for the feminist movement and NOW.
Film and television
Scum Manifesto is also the title of a 1976 short film directed by Carole Roussopoulos and Delphine Seyrig. In the film, Seyrig reads several passages from a French translation of Solanas's manifesto.
Warhol later satirized the whole event in a subsequent movie, Women in Revolt, calling a group similar to Solanas's S.C.U.M., "P.I.G." (Politically Involved Girlies).
Solanas's creative work and relationship with Warhol is depicted in the 1996 film, I Shot Andy Warhol, a significant portion of which relates to the SCUM Manifesto, and Solanas's disputes on notions of authorship with Warhol. The Venture Bros. television animation episode "Viva Los Muertos!" featured a character named Val who directly quotes the S.C.U.M. Manifesto throughout the episode.
In 2006, Swedish author Sara Stridsberg published a semi-fictional biography of Valerie Solanas, Drömfakulteten (The Dream Faculty), in which the Manifesto is referred to on several occasions. Parts of the Manifesto are also cited in the book.
Nick Cave said that Solanas in the Manifesto "talks at length about what she considers maleness and the male psyche ... basically men being halfway between humans and apes, these kind of lumbering lumps of meat, predatory lumps of meat", and that "it's quite wonderful to read .... [and] [t]here was an aspect of that I felt rang true" and wrote a novel, The Death of Bunny Munro, for which he "invented a character that was Valerie Solanas's male incarnate."
Solanas is quoted on the sleeve notes of the Manic Street Preachers debut album Generation Terrorists. Their song "Of Walking Abortion" on the album The Holy Bible is named after a quote from the manifesto. Liverpool punk band Big in Japan composed the song "Society for Cutting Up Men" directly inspired by the manifesto. The British band S.C.U.M. is named after the manifesto. On Matmos' 2006 album The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast, one of the tracks is "Tract for Valerie Solanas" and featured excerpts of the S.C.U.M. Manifesto.
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- Greer, Germaine, The Female Eunuch, op. cit., p. 99 (Solanas said "that men covet all that women are, seeking degradation and effeminization at their hands.") & n. 6 (n. omitted) and see p. 81, p. 99 n. 6 citing Solanas, Valerie, The S.C.U.M. Manifesto (N.Y.: publisher not cited, 1968), p. 73.
- Echols, Alice, The New Feminism of Yin and Yang, in Snitow, Ann Barr, Christine Stansell, & Sharon Thompson, eds., Powers of Desire: The Politics of Sexuality (N.Y.: Monthly Review Press, 1983 (ISBN 0-85345-610-0)), p. 440 & n. 6 (author then doctoral candidate history & teaching in women's studies program, both Univ. of Mich., & lesbian-feminist activist).
- Heller 2008, p. 163 (Manifesto is a "strident analysis of women's remove from basic economic and cultural resources, and their unthinking complicity in perpetuating these impoverished circumstances through their psychological subordination to men.").
- Marmorstein, Robert, A Winter Memory Of Valerie Solanis (sic), op. cit., p. 9, col. 2 ("[t]he central theme of SCUM is that men have fouled up the world, are no longer necessary (even biologically), and should be completely destroyed, preferably by criminal means such as sabotage and murder .... [t]he quicker, the better.").
- Jansen, Sharon L., Reading Women's Worlds from Christine de Pizan to Doris Lessing, op. cit., p. 150 (Solanas considered men "biological[ly] inferior").
- Winkiel, Laura, The "Sweet Assassin" and the Performative Politics of SCUM Manifesto, op. cit., in Smith, Patricia Juliana, ed., The Queer Sixties, op. cit., pp. 68 ("the rhetoric [of the Manifesto] polemically urges the complete overthrow of heterosexual capitalism") & 78 (including "SCUM females .... tak[ing] ... over the means of production").
- Rich, B. Ruby, Manifesto Destiny, op. cit., p. 17 (Solanas favored science and technology and wanted computers distributed).
- Jansen, Sharon L., Reading Women's Worlds from Christine de Pizan to Doris Lessing, op. cit., p. 151 (the plan was prescient on the role of technological media).
- Jansen, Sharon L., Reading Women's Worlds from Christine de Pizan to Doris Lessing, op. cit., p. 151 ("'unwork'").
- Jansen, Sharon L., Reading Women's Worlds from Christine de Pizan to Doris Lessing, op. cit., p. 151 (the plan anticipated that "'the elimination of money ... [would eliminate the] need to kill men'").
- Heller 2008, pp. 157–158.
- Jansen, Sharon L., Reading Women's Worlds from Christine de Pizan to Doris Lessing, op. cit., p. 131 ("[Solanas] want[ed] ... to create a world exclusively for women") and see p. 150.
- Winkiel, Laura, The "Sweet Assassin" and the Performative Politics of SCUM Manifesto, op. cit., in Smith, Patricia Juliana, ed., The Queer Sixties, op. cit., p. 69 (Solanas "imagin[ed]... a world run by women") and see p. 79 ("a better world run by women").
- Faso, Frank, & Henry Lee, Actress Defiant: 'I'm Not Sorry' , in (New York, N.Y.) Daily News, vol. 49, no. 297, June 5, 1968 (Final 5-star ed.), p. 42 (additional summary included).
- Winkiel, Laura, The "Sweet Assassin" and the Performative Politics of SCUM Manifesto, op. cit., in Smith, Patricia Juliana, ed., The Queer Sixties, op. cit., pp. 65 (the Manifesto "imagines a ... violent coup"; a "fantas[y] ... of political violence", Solanas' shooting of Andy Warhol also being one of Solanas' "fantasies of political violence") & 69 (including as to men a "genocidal political practice"; an "imagined group of vanguard feminist revolutionaries [who] proclaim their takeover of the world"; "a vanguard of revolutionary women"; & "Solanas imagines that women openly declare war on ... men", a declaration that "parodies masculine politics") and see p. 78 ("SCUM females will take over all aspects of society by ... [inter alia] murder").
- Castro, Ginette, American Feminism, op. cit., p. 101 ("certainly" "the feminist charter on violence", "legitimiz[ing] ... hysteria as a terrorist force").
- Jansen, Sharon L., Reading Women's Worlds from Christine de Pizan to Doris Lessing, op. cit., pp. 147–148 (quoting p. 147 (Solanas posited men as animals who will be stalked and killed as prey, the killers using weapons as "phallic symbols turned against men") (emphasis so in original)) ("men are the real animals", per id., p. 148 and see p. 208).
- Rich, B. Ruby, Manifesto Destiny, op. cit., p. 16 (Solanas, perhaps in a Swiftian tradition of satire, "believed that men ... should be retrained or eliminated.")
- Castro, Ginette, American Feminism, op. cit., pp. 64 (Solanas "recommended the gradual elimination of all males") & 74 (the proposal of the Manifesto "that men should quite simply be eliminated" was "[not] meant to be taken seriously" ("[not]" authorized by "[n]either" in original)).
- Friedan, Betty, It Changed My Life: Writings on the Women's Movement (N.Y.: Random House, 1st ed. 1976 (ISBN 0-394-46398-6)), p. 109 (in unnumbered chap. "Our Revolution Is Unique": Excerpt from the President's Report to NOW, 1968, in pt. II, The Actions: Organizing the Women's Movement for Equality) (author founder & 1st pres., NOW, & visiting prof. sociology, Temple Univ., Yale, New Sch. for Social Research, & Queens Coll.) ("the elimination of men [w]as proposed by that SCUM Manifesto!").
- Friedan, Betty, "It Changed My Life": Writings on the Women's Movement (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 1st Harvard Univ. Press pbk. ed. 1998 ( 1963–1964, 1966, 1970–1976, 1985, 1991, & 1998) (ISBN 0-674-46885-6)), p. 138 (in unnumbered chap. "Our Revolution Is Unique": Excerpt from the President's Report to NOW, 1968, in pt. II, The Actions: Organizing the Women's Movement for Equality) (author founder & 1st pres., National Organization for Women, convener National Women's Political Caucus & National Abortion Rights Action League, & distinguished visiting prof., Cornell) ("the elimination of men [w]as proposed by that SCUM Manifesto!").
- Davis, Debra Diane, Breaking Up [at] Totality: A Rhetoric of Laughter (Carbondale: Southern Ill. Univ. Press, 2000 (ISBN 0-8093-2228-5)), p. 147 (author a/k/a D. Diane Davis) (brackets in title so in original) (men were to help eliminate each other, including by "rational murder.") (emphasis so in original & "rational" in larger fontsize (omitted here) in original) (author asst. prof. rhetoric, Univ. of Iowa).
- Siegel, Deborah, Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild (N.Y.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007 (ISBN 978-1-4039-8204-9)), p.  (it "argued for men's collective annihilation.") (author Ph.D. & fellow, Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership).
- Winkiel, Laura, The "Sweet Assassin" and the Performative Politics of SCUM Manifesto, op. cit., in Smith, Patricia Juliana, ed., The Queer Sixties, op. cit., pp. 74 ("eliminat[ion] ... [of] the male sex") & 78 (except for "men in the Men's Auxiliary of SCUM").
- Jansen, Sharon L., Reading Women's Worlds from Christine de Pizan to Doris Lessing, op. cit., p. 152.
- Lyon, Janet, Transforming Manifestoes, op. cit., p. 106.
- Siegel, Deborah, Sisterhood, Interrupted, op. cit., p. 26. See also Jansen, Sharon L., Reading Women's Worlds from Christine de Pizan to Doris Lessing, op. cit., pp. 131 ("female rage"), 132 ("profound anger and ... fearless expression of ... [Solanas'] rage"), 134 ("[f]emale anger"), 147 ("downright cold—her anger is icy hot" & "[she is] angry ... but the tone ... is matter-of-fact"), 208 ("fury" & "anger"), & 218 ("incandescent rage burned").
- Jansen, Sharon L., Reading Women's Worlds from Christine de Pizan to Doris Lessing, op. cit., p. 133 and see p. 155 ("visceral responses").
- Siegel, Deborah, Sisterhood, Interrupted, op. cit., p. 26 (referring to "the stances taken by the likes of Solanas and The Weathermen").
- Heller, Dana, Shooting Solanas, op. cit., p. 163 (at its center, the manifesto is a "socialist-materialist critique", Heller suggests).
- Echols, Alice, Daring to Be Bad: Radical Feminism in America 1967–1975 (Minneapolis, Minn.: Univ. of Minn. Press, 1989 (ISBN 0-8166-1787-2)), p. 104 (author then visiting asst. prof. history, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson).
- Winkiel, Laura, The "Sweet Assassin" and the Performative Politics of SCUM Manifesto, op. cit., in Smith, Patricia Juliana, ed., The Queer Sixties, op. cit., p. 71.
- Winkiel 1999, pp. 68–69.
- Penner, James (2011). Pinks, pansies, and punks : the rhetoric of masculinity in American literary culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp. 232–233, ISBN 978-0-253-35547-8. See also Winkiel, Laura, The "Sweet Assassin" and the Performative Politics of SCUM Manifesto, op. cit., in Smith, Patricia Juliana, ed., The Queer Sixties, op. cit., p. 63 ("SCUM's satiric cool"), p. 66 (on "public performances that are satiric" & "satiric feminism"), p. 68 (the Manifesto "parod[ies] ... positions of power" & "parodies ... performance of patriarchal social order", its language is "sarcastic" and "street-smart", & internal quotations "parody naturalized meanings"), p. 70 ("SCUM females ... [may] parody ..."), p. 73 (her solution "if women took over" is "[i]n the satiric tradition of Jonathan Swift's 'A Modest Proposal ...'"; "hyperbol[e]"; "parody"; & that, outside of the Manifesto, in her shooting of Warhol she "parodied its masculine form"), p. 74 (outside of the Manifesto, she "pushed to ... parodic proportions ... [a] publicity mania"), pp. 74–75 (the Manifesto "posit[s] ... an ideal vantage of a world run by women from which to satirize the world run by men"), p. 76 (the Manifesto "renders each ["the categories of 'male' and 'female'"] a mimed, parodic signifier"; "parodies" "sexology" & "parodies sexological dscourse"; "renegade insults and urgent calls for immediate change underscore SCUM's illegitimacy"), p. 77 ("her rhetoric ... parodies ... authorizing language"), p. 78 ("parody of sexology" & "imagined SCUM females .... rendering themselves parodic ... and artificial"), and p. 79 ("satire of men").
- Singleton, Carl; Wildin, Rowena (1999). The Sixties in America. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, p. 639, ISBN 978-0-89356-982-2.
- Jansen, Sharon L., Reading Women's Worlds from Christine de Pizan to Doris Lessing, op. cit., p. 147 and see p. 155.
- Public Culture: Bulletin of the Project for Transnational Cultural Studies, vol. 8 (1995), p. 524.
- Aaron, Charles (September 1996). "Rebel Girl". Spin Magazine, Vol. 12, No. 6, p. 86.
- Mary Harron (March/April 1997). "S.C.U.M. Die Vernichtung". EMMA. Retrieved on November 29, 2011: "Eine brillante Satire – so als hätte Oscar Wilde beschlossen, Terrorist zu werden. Für meinen Warhol-Film hatte ich Dutzende von Zeitzeugen zu den Hintergründen von Solanas Attentat befragt und Berge von Berichten gelesen. Niemand hatte erwähnt, dass Valerie Solanas Talent und einen ausgeprägten Hang zur Komik hatte."
- Winkiel, Laura, The "Sweet Assassin" and the Performative Politics of SCUM Manifesto, op. cit., in Smith, Patricia Juliana, ed., The Queer Sixties, op. cit., p. 79.
- Solanas, Valerie (1968). SCUM Manifesto. Olympia Press. p. 89.
- Girodias, Maurice, Publisher's Preface (N.Y.: 1968), in Solanas, Valerie, SCUM Manifesto (London: Olympia Press, 1971 (ISBN 0 700 410 30 9)), p. xi.
- Hoberman, J., The Magic Hour: Film at Fin de Siècle (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 2003 (ISBN 1-56639-996-3)), p. 48 (review of I Shot Andy Warhol) (originally as SCUM Like It Hot, in The Village Voice, May 7, 1996) (author sr. film critic, The Village Voice, & adjunct prof. cinema, Cooper Union).
- Winkiel, Laura, The "Sweet Assassin" and the Performative Politics of SCUM Manifesto, op. cit., in Smith, Patricia Juliana, ed., The Queer Sixties, op. cit., p. 74 & n. 24 (however, whether Winkiel could be certain that Solanas was the person who "checked out" New York Public Library's copy of the Manifesto from the rare books collection (per id., n. 24) and marked the copy up is unclear given that the Library may not have retained records of who accessed material after its return).
- Faso, Frank, & Henry Lee, Actress Defiant, op. cit., p. 42, col. 3.
- Marmorstein, Robert, A Winter Memory Of Valerie Solanis (sic), op. cit., p. 9, col. 3 ("'SCUM thing'" interviewer Marmorstein's words (who also asked if it was "'a put on'") & "'[o]f course I'm serious. I'm dead serious'" interviewee Solanas's words).
- DeMonte, Alexandra (2010). "Feminism: Second-Wave". In Chapman, Roger (ed). Culture Wars: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and Voices. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, p. 178, ISBN 978-1-84972-713-6.
- Solanas, Valerie, "SCUM : High Gear" in The Village Voice (August 3, 1967), 31.
- Solanas, Valerie, SCUM Manifesto (London: Verso, New ed. 2004 (ISBN 1-85984-553-3)), right-hand page facing cover II (before half-title page) ("SOCIETY FOR CUTTING UP MEN" (full text of p.)) and see p. 6 ("the ["acronymiz[ing]"] gloss on SCUM permitted the title to pass into other languages with annihilating precision: Manifest der Gesellschaft zur Vernichtung der Männer (1969), Manifesto de la Organización para el Extermino del Hombre (1977), Manifesto per l'eliminzione dei masch (1994), and whatever it says to the same effect in Czech (1998)") (Ronell, Avitel, Deviant Payback: The Aims of Valerie Solanas, in SCUM Manifesto (2004), op. cit. (introduction) (introduction author prof. German & comparative lit. & chair German dep't, N.Y. Univ.).
- Quote: "an extremist tract calling for the establishment of a 'Society for Cutting Up Men.'"
- Donovan, Josephine, Feminist Theory: The Intellectual Traditions (N.Y.: Continuum, 3d ed. 2000 (ISBN 0-8264-1248-3)), p. 157 n. 7 (author prof. Eng., Univ. of Maine).
- Morgan, Robin, ed., Sisterhood Is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings From the Women's Liberation Movement (N.Y.: Random House, 1st ed. 1970), p. 514.
- Heller 2008, p. 152.
- Susan Ware, Stacy Lorraine Braukman, et al. (2005). Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary Completing the Twentieth Century. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, p. 603, ISBN 978-0-674-01488-6.
- Dexter, Gary (2007). Why not Catch-21?: The Stories behind the Titles. London: Frances Lincoln, pp. 210–211, ISBN 978-0-7112-2796-5. "She called it the SCUM Manifesto, with the acronym not spelled out, and with no full stops after the letters of SCUM. This was the title used for all subsequent editions. In fact, even in earlier versions of the book, 'Society for Cutting Up Men' had not been mentioned anywhere in the text (...) SCUM was the voice of those women, like Valerie, an enraged, impoverished loner-lesbian, outside any group or any society, who were the rejected, the dregs, the refuse, the outcast. The scum, in fact. The spelling out of her coded title by Girodias was one more act of patriarchal intervention, an attempt to possess."
- Solanas, Valerie, SCUM Manifesto (Valerie Solanas, 1967), pp. 16–17 (self-published) (Northwestern Univ. copy) (hyphen surrounded by spaces after "SCUM" so in original; page break between "free-wheeling," & "arrogant").
- "There were moments when ... ["Solanas"] disclaimed the acronymization of her title, refuting that it stood for 'Society for Cutting Up Men.' A mere 'literary device' and belated add-on ...." (Ronell, Avitel, Deviant Payback, op. cit., in SCUM Manifesto (2004), op. cit., p. 6 (introduction)).
- Marmorstein, Robert (June 13, 1968). "Scum Goddess, A Winter Memory Of Valerie Solanis" [sic], The Village Voice, op. cit., p. 10, col. 4. See also Rich, B. Ruby, Manifesto Destiny, op. cit., p. 16.
- Greer, Germaine, The Female Eunuch, op. cit., p. 306 (probably p. 347 in an edition (probably Farrar, Straus and Giroux pbk. 2002) per Amazon.com).
- Goldwag, Arthur (May 15, 2012). "Intelligence Report Article Provokes Fury Among Men's Rights Activists". Hatewatch. Montgomery, Alab.: Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Heller 2008, p. 165 n. 28.
- Winkiel, Laura, The "Sweet Assassin" and the Performative Politics of SCUM Manifesto, op. cit., in Smith, Patricia Juliana, ed., The Queer Sixties, op. cit., p. 73 n. 21 ("the only act of violence to come as a direct result of the manifesto") and p. 79 (the Manifesto "result[ing] in one failed assassination"). See also Hoberman, J., The Magic Hour: Film at Fin de Siècle, op. cit., p. 49 (originally as SCUM Like It Hot, in The Village Voice, May 7, 1996) ("Valerie Solanas really was a nobody until she shot Andy Warhol. But once The SCUM Manifesto was underlined in blood, Solanas hardly had to wait for admirers.... Solanas was claimed as an 'important spokeswoman' by the radical wing of NOW ...."). See also Siegel, Deborah, Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild, op. cit., pp. 2 ("Valerie Solanas, author of the man-hating tract known as the S.C.U.M. (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto, shot Andy Warhol.... [¶] To women of the Baby Boomer generation, th[is and other] ... opening salvos of a revolution are moments of canonical—and personal—feminist history.") & –72 ("Solanas's supporters argued that the shooting of a prominent male avant-garde figure was a bold political statement offered in the name of women's liberation").
- Harding 2010, p. 159.
- Harding 2010, p. 160.
- Winkiel, Laura, The "Sweet Assassin" and the Performative Politics of SCUM Manifesto, op. cit., in Smith, Patricia Juliana, ed., The Queer Sixties, op. cit., pp. 66–67. See also Siegel, Deborah, Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild, op. cit., p. 72.
- Winkiel, Laura, The "Sweet Assassin" and the Performative Politics of SCUM Manifesto, op. cit., in Smith, Patricia Juliana, ed., The Queer Sixties, op. cit., p. 67.
- Winkiel, Laura, The "Sweet Assassin" and the Performative Politics of SCUM Manifesto, op. cit., in Smith, Patricia Juliana, ed., The Queer Sixties, op. cit., p. 71 (point unsourced & unclear if so as to all of the movement or all use of her Manifesto).
- Winkiel, Laura, The "Sweet Assassin" and the Performative Politics of SCUM Manifesto, op. cit., in Smith, Patricia Juliana, ed., The Queer Sixties, op. cit., pp. 71–72.
- Davis, Debra Diane, Breaking Up [at] Totality, op. cit., p. 147 and see pp. 147-148.
- Davis, Debra Diane, Breaking Up [at] Totality, op. cit., p. 148.
- Winkiel, Laura, The "Sweet Assassin" and the Performative Politics of SCUM Manifesto, op. cit., in Smith, Patricia Juliana, ed., The Queer Sixties, op. cit., p. 78 and see p. 79 (the Manifesto "result[ing] in ... lesbian separatism").
- Siegel, Deborah, Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild, op. cit., p. 72.
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The following are among the editions of SCUM Manifesto (an omitted title or author is likely the same as for other editions):
- SCUM Manifesto (2013) (English). Introduction by Michelle Tea. Edinburgh, Scotland: AK Press. ISBN 1-84935-180-5.
- SCUM-manifesti (2011) (Finnish). Translated by Suvi Auvinen, with foreword by Akuliina Saarikoski. Savukeidas, 71 pages.
- SCUM Manifest (2010) (Danish). Translated by Ellen Boen, with a foreword by Sjón and afterword by Charlotte Jørgensen. C & K Publishing, 96 pages.
- SCUM Manifesto (2004) (English). Introduction by Avital Ronell: "Deviant Payback: The Aims of Valerie Solanas". London: Verso, 80 pages. ISBN 1-85984-553-3.
- SCUM Manifesto (1996) (English). Introduction by Freddie Baer: "About Valerie Solanas". Edinburgh, Scotland: AK Press. ISBN 1-873176-44-9.
- SCUM Manifesto (1991) (English). London: Phoenix Press.
- SCUM Manifesto (1989) (English). Baltimore: Dialectical Immaterialism Press.
- SCUM Manifesto (1988) (English). London: Phoenix Press. ISBN 978-0948984037.
- SCUM Manifesto (1983) (English). London: Matriarchy Study Group.
- SCUM Manifesto (1977) (English). Self-published, New York.
- S.C.U.M. Manifesto (1971) (English). Preface by Maurice Girodias and introduction by Vivian Gornick. London: Olympia Press. ISBN 0-7004-1030-9.
- S.C.U.M. Manifesto (1970) (English). Preface by Maurice Girodias and introduction by Vivian Gornick. New York: Olympia Press.
- S.C.U.M. Manifesto (1968) (English). Preface by Maurice Girodias and essay by Paul Krassner. New York: Olympia Press, 105 pages.
- SCUM Manifesto (1967) (English). Self-published, New York, 21 pages.
Additional information about Manifesto editions is available.
- Harding, James Martin (2010). "Forget Fame. Valerie Solanas, the Simplest Surrealist Act, and the (Re)Assertion of Avant-Garde Priorities". Cutting Performances: Collage Events, Feminist Artists, and the American Avant-Garde. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 978-0-472-11718-5.
- Winkiel, Laura (1999). "The 'Sweet Assassin' and the Performative Politics of SCUM Manifesto". In Smith, Patricia Juliana. The Queer Sixties. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-472-11718-5.
References for the further reading
- Dederer, Claire, Cutting Remarks, May 27, 2004, in The Nation., Jun. 14, 2004, as accessed Apr. 2, 2011 (book review).
- Some information is from the edition itself.
- Editions of the Manifesto, in Solanas, Valerie, SCUM Manifesto (Edinburgh, Scotland: AK Press, 2d printing 1997 1996 ([ISBN?] 1 873176 44 9)), p. 58.
- Jansen, Sharon L., Reading Women's Worlds from Christine de Pizan to Doris Lessing, op. cit., p. 159 and see ch. 6, passim, p. 159 citing Smith, Dony, Valerie Solanas (a list of sources, some with dead links to resources still findable through a search engine).
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