Valerie Solanas

by on Nov.05, 2010

Here’s a link to Valerie Solana’s entire SCUM manifesto. (Thanks to Sean Lovelace of HTML giant for pointing it out.)

Here’s a good one:

Being an incomplete female, the male spends his life attempting to complete himself, to become female. He attempts to do this by constantly seeking out, fraternizing with and trying to live through an fuse with the female, and by claiming as his own all female characteristics — emotional strength and independence, forcefulness, dynamism, decisiveness, coolness, objectivity, assertiveness, courage, integrity, vitality, intensity, depth of character, grooviness, etc — and projecting onto women all male traits — vanity, frivolity, triviality, weakness, etc. It should be said, though, that the male has one glaring area of superiority over the female — public relations. (He has done a brilliant job of convincing millions of women that men are women and women are men). The male claim that females find fulfillment through motherhood and sexuality reflects what males think they’d find fulfilling if they were female.

Here’s a link to some translations of Sara Stridsberg’s novel The Dream Faculty, which is a fictionalization of Valerie Solana’s life.

I really love this novel.

3 comments for this entry:
  1. john

    Gabrielle Bell actually began to do a comics adaptation of the SCUM Manifesto but never finished it. She did draw a cover the hypothetical book though. Here’s a link:

  2. Johannes Göransson

    Looks cool. I like how it’s kind of in the style of Tintin, whose creator was kind of a eugenicist I believe.


  3. John Dermot Woods

    Yeah, when Bell colors her work it definitely resembles the ligne claire style of Herge. I’m no Herge expert, but I think the criticism involves that fact the the early Tintin comics were written for a Belgian Catholic Boys magazine (something like Boys Life) that was run by a priest who later became quite right wing and a fascist sympathizer. I think Herge’s connection to eugenics is pretty weak.