Valerie Solanas: “The SCUM Manifesto”

(1968)

Published in 1968, “The SCUM Manifesto” by Valerie Solanas, a scathing attack on men and patriarchy, attracted attention within the radical feminist movement. Although the document itself never explains the meaning of “SCUM,” it is widely believed that it was an acronym for “Society for Cutting Up Men.” The document pulls no punches. It is an unabashed call to “overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and destroy the male sex.” The document expresses utter contempt for men, often in language that some would regard as shocking and obscene.

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