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SCUM Manifesto  
Cover of the SCUM Manifesto
Author Valerie Solanas
Publisher Phoenix Press
Publication date New Educational edition (Jan 1988)
Pages 31 pages
ISBN 978-0948984037
OCLC Number 28143771

The SCUM Manifesto is a feminist tract written in 1968 by Valerie Solanas that calls for the gendercide of men. After being put in the spotlight for shooting Andy Warhol, Valerie Solanas later claimed that her writing was a satirical literary device[1][2] to elicit debate.[3]

Though it has come to be said that "SCUM" stands for "Society for Cutting Up Men", there is actually nowhere in the text where this phrase occurs. "SCUM" is used to refer to a grouping of women carrying out the policies promoted by the manifesto, but the text does not give any indication that the term is an acronym. The original editions did not say "Society for Cutting Up Men" in the title or on the cover, though later editions added it.


Cultural influence


Scum Manifesto is also the title of a 1976 movie written by Solanas and directed by Carole Roussopoulos and Delphine Seyrig. Warhol later satirized the whole event in a subsequent movie, Women in Revolt, calling a group similar to Solanas' S.C.U.M., "P.I.G." (Politically Involved Girlies).

Solanas' creative work and relationship with Andy Warhol is depicted in the 1996 film, I Shot Andy Warhol, a significant portion of which relates to the SCUM Manifesto, and Solanas' disputes on notions of authorship with Warhol.


The title story of the Michael Blumlein short story collection, The Brains of Rats, employs the Manifesto to illustrate the male protagonist's hatred of himself and his gender.

Later in life, after serving a prison sentence for reckless assault with intent to cause bodily harm, Solanas tried to distance herself from the manifesto. In a July 25, 1977 interview with The Village Voice she claimed it was "Just a literary device... women who think a certain way are in SCUM. Men who think a certain way are in the men's auxiliary of SCUM."

Sisterhood is Powerful, a collection of radical feminist writing edited by Robin Morgan, included excerpts of the SCUM Manifesto.


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. San Francisco IDM group Matmos sampled the manifesto heavily in the satirical track "Tract for Valerie Solanas" on the album The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast.

See also


  1. ^ "Cutting Remarks". The Nation. 14 June 2004. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Solanas, Valerie (01 July 2001). AK Press. p. 55. ISBN 1873176449. 
  3. ^ IPL Online Literary Criticism Collection, 15 February 2010,, retrieved 28 February 2010 

Further reading

  • Solanas, Valerie SCUM Manifesto AK Press, 1996. ISBN 1-873176-44-9
  • ASIN 0948984031

External links


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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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