SCUM Manifesto  

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"To call a man an animal is to flatter him; he's a machine, a walking dildo." --"SCUM Manifesto"

"As for the issue of whether or not to continue to reproduce males, it doesn't follow that because the male, like disease, has always existed among us that he should continue to exist.

When genetic control is possible — and soon it will be — it goes without saying that we should produce only whole, complete beings, not physical defects of deficiencies, including emotional deficiencies, such as maleness. Just as the deliberate production of blind people would be highly immoral, so would be the deliberate production of emotional cripples."

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SCUM Manifesto is a misandrous tract written in 1968 by Valerie Solanas which advocated a violent anarchic revolution to create an all-female society. 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 in English, translated into 13 languages, and excerpted several times.

The term "SCUM" appeared on the cover of the 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, such as Florynce Kennedy and Ti-Grace Atkinson, 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.



Translated by Aad Jansen

"Door een man een dier te noemen bewijs je hem te veel eer; hij is een machine, een wandelende dildo."

"Wat betreft de vraag of we al dan niet moeten doorgaan met het voortplanten van mannen: uit het feit dat de man, net als allerlei ziekten, altijd bestaan heeft, volgt niet automatisch dat hij zou moeten blijven bestaan. Als genetische manipulatie mogelijk is — en dat zal spoedig het geval zijn — spreekt het vanzelf dat we alleen volmaakte, complete wezens produceren en geen lichamelijke gebreken of emotionele en andere stoornissen, zoals mannelijkheid. De opzettelijke productie van blinden zou uiterst immoreel zijn en hetzelfde geldt voor de opzettelijke productie van emotioneel gestoorden."

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