Valerie Solanas

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Valerie Solanas (9 April 1936–26 April 1988) was an American feminist. She is notable for writing The SCUM Manifesto and having shot Andy Warhol.


The SCUM Manifesto (1968)

  • 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.
  • Every man, deep down, knows he's a worthless piece of shit.
  • Men expect women to adore what men shrink from in horror – themselves.
  • A true community consists of individuals – not mere species members, not couples – respecting each other's individuality and privacy, at the same time interacting with each other mentally and emotionally – free spirits in free relation to each other and co-operating with each other to achieve common ends. Traditionalists say the basic unit of "society" is the family; "hippies" say the tribe; no-one says the individual.
  • The male has the negative Midas touch, everything he touches turns to shit … he yearns to spend his time … wallowing in basic animal activities – eating, sleeping, shitting, relaxing, and being soothed by mama.
  • In actual fact the female function is to explore, discover, intent, solve problems, crack jokes, make music – all with love. In other words, create a magic world.
  • The male chromosome is incomplete. All men are walking abortions.
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