New York: Olympia Press, 1968. First Trade Edition. Small Octavo. (18cm.) 105pp. Pictorial paper wrappers. Titles in white on red monochrome image, like titles in black on spine. Verso with pictorial reproduction in red and white titles. Edges stained in green with two sides faded. Dampstaining to gutter affecting front and verso of front wrapper and five preliminary leaves but barely affecting type and barely visible on the front wrapper. Minor edgewear and creasing to edges. Very light pen markings to two pages. Very Good example of a scarce and fragile title. Item #75
"If SCUM ever marches, it will be over LBJ's stupid, sickening face..." - S.C.U.M. (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto
The world would be a "swinging, groovy, out-of-sight female world" without men. Like most radical thinkers, Valerie Solanas put her belief in writing. And like a true American outlaw, Solanas demanded attention with blood and bullets. The result was the "S.C.U.M. Manifesto" and Solanas' (attempted) assassination of artist, Andy Warhol, would be proof of concept. In "Manifesto", Solanas argues for the militant separation from and ultimate elimination of both the patriarchal culture and of men as a species. Her writing is as volcanic as the radical feminist utopia she envisions and as unsparing of what Solanas describes as "insecure, approval-seeking Daddy's Girls" as she is of the "disgusting" and "egocentric" male "culture". While modern feminists are still divided over Solanas' legacy in the Woman's Movement (she was not a fan of movements except her own), she has nonetheless become a cult figure and rebel icon. Legends, good and bad, will not be ignored. Preceded only by the 1967 self-published edition.