Some Excellent Uses for Male Hate: Valerie Solanas & Scum Manifesto
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"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 eliminate the male sex.”
So begins SCUM Manifesto, written by Valerie Solanas in 1967.
Is it satire? A call for the elimination of men? A Feminist metaphor?
In August, Scuppernong’s Reading the World Book Club will be reading Sara Stridsberg’s Valerie, a fantasy on the life of Valerie Solanas,
author of SCUM Manifesto and would-be murderer of Andy Warhol, and we’ll meet on 9/2 to talk about it.
We thought it would be interesting to talk a bit about Valerie herself and her place in American culture and feminism.
Laurie Stone’s freeform essay/review Dead, Then Read in the Women’s Review of Books,
which appears in her book Everything Is Personal, Notes On Now as Valerie Solanas 8 Ways
will serve as a starting point for the conversation, along with Chavisa Wood's essay, Hating Valerie Solanas (and Loving Violent Men).
It provides a general overview of the figure of Solanas in contemporary culture,
from Valerie and various biographies to Mary Harron’s film, I Shot Andy Warhol.
Stone's essay essay is here: https://www.wcwonline.org/Women-s-Review-of-Books-July/Aug-2019/dead-then-read
Wood's essay is here: http://www.full-stop.net/2019/05/21/features/chavisa-woods/solanas/
Chavisa Woods' 100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism is
"Brilliant and simple, this is sure to advance understanding of a topic of intense national reckoning. Much of the sexism Woods experienced took place before her twenty-first birthday; teen readers will find validation and solidarity."
--Courtney Eathorne, Booklist (starred review)
"'All my life when I've tried to talk to men about sexism, ' Woods writes, 'my main obstacle has been trying to convince them, quite simply, that it exists.' Incident by incident, this memoir makes the case in stark personal terms."
Laurie Stone and Chavisa Woods will talk about SCUM Manifesto and the ways in which real people morph into characters, symbols, and icons.
When: Aug 19, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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