The SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas

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On June 3, 1968, a young woman named Valerie Solanas shot pop artist Andy Warhol from almost point blank range at the artist's Factory studio in New York. Amazingly, two out of three shots missed, and Warhol was able to (narrowly) survive his single wound. The resulting furore of publicity ensured that Valerie Solanas, and her vitriolic anti-male tract The SCUM Manifesto, endured an everlasting notoriety thereafter. The SCUM Manifesto, written in 1967 and originally self-published in 1968, remains a powerful and sustained attack on the human male, a species which Solanas once vowed to erdicate from the face of the Earth (SCUMˆis sometimes said to be an acronym of Society for Cutting Up Men). As such, it stands as one of the primary documents of radical feminism; it is also an avant-garde work of alienation, and a compelling insight into the mind of an innate outsider.

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Valerie Solanas: Valerie Solanas was a radical feminist playwright and social propagandist best known as the author of the SCUM Manifesto, which she self-published and sold on the streets of New York. In 1968, she was arrested after an assassination attempt on the life Andy Warhol, and imprisoned for three years. Deemed a paranoid schizophrenic by the state, once out of jail, Solanas stalked Warhol for several more years, before eventually leaving New York. She died alone and in relative obscurity in 1988 in San Francisco, leaving behind a sheaf of typewritten pages that her mother burned after her death. Solanas was immortalized by actress Lili Taylor in the 1996 film I Shot Andy Warhol.
Published September 11, 2013 by Elektron Ebooks. 35 pages
Genres: Law & Philosophy, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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