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Valerie Solanas (1936–1988)

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Valerie Solanas was born in Ventor, New Jersey in 1936. She was living in Greenwich Village in New York City in 1967 when she wrote "Up Your Ass," a play, and sought out Andy Warhol to produce it. She appeared in Warhol's film, "I, A Man," and then shot him in 1968. She was indicted on charges of vis mere attempted murder, assault, and illegal possession of a gun, sent to a psychiatric hospital, and released after three years. In 1988, she died of emphysema and pneumonia in a welfare hospital in San Francisco vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: Solanas, Valery Solanas, Valerie Solanis, Valérie Solanas

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Associated Works

Søsterskab! : artikler fra den amerikanske kvindebefrielse (1970) — Bidragyder — 571 eksemplarer
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Bidragyder — 319 eksemplarer
I Shot Andy Warhol: Includes Valerie Solanas's SCUM Manifesto (1996) — Bidragyder — 46 eksemplarer
Pathetic Literature (2022) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer

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most rational work i have ever read
milanagt | 19 andre anmeldelser | Sep 27, 2023 |
The Manifesto opens with the following declaration:[
"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 through 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 list of critiques of the male sex. They are divided into the following sections:
• War
• 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
• Conformity
• 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"
• Sexuality
• Boredom
• Secrecy, Censorship, Suppression of Knowledge and Ideas, and Exposés
• Distrust
• Ugliness
• 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 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 with, eventually, no men. There would be no money, and disease and death would have been eliminated. It argues that men are irrational to defend the current system and should accept the necessity of their destruction.
… (mere)
petervanbeveren | 19 andre anmeldelser | Mar 23, 2023 |
divertido e rápido, experiências de uma pedinte em nova york na década de 60.
henrique_iwao | 1 anden anmeldelse | Aug 30, 2022 |
lido com distanciamente, maravilhoso na sua virulência.
henrique_iwao | 19 andre anmeldelser | Aug 30, 2022 |


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