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Dec 24 2006

Solanasmas

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About the only tradition we observe here at International Blaming Headquarters is the annual Reading of the S.C.U.M. Manifesto.

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 destroy the male sex.

Read on, young onions.

18 comments

  1. scratchy888

    WEll as for the utter bore and not relevant to women part of society, which presumably is all of it, the best thing to do is to only do what you would be inclined to do in various circumstances, independent of expectation of reward or punishment. I have found that doing what you think will bring a patriarchally approved reward usually produces a huge psychological let-down. I have found that avoiding doing something because it might attract a patriarchally punitive response will only lead to atrophication of the soul. So, basically, do what you want if you want to remain psychologically healthy. Make compromises and fit in with expectations if you wanna become sick. Simple.

  2. Heart

    Help, someone? Off topic, sorry. I came over here in hopes of reading the 213-comment Dec. 15 thread which has brownfemipower and others exceedingly upset with “white feminists,” and I can’t read the comments at all. It’s like they’re doubled up or tripled up on top of each other in layers. Can anyone help? I’ve tried everything I can think of.

    Sorry to be off topic.

    Heart

  3. Mary Sunshine

    Heart,

    Are you using Firefox? I’m getting it fine.

    http://blog.iblamethepatriarchy.com/2006/12/15/any-excuse-to-denigrate-lipstick/

    I’ll email the html file to you if you like.

    I have a gmail account, userid MarySunshine. Catch me there if you would like it.

    And yeah, Valerie rocks.

  4. Mary Sunshine

    Aha!!

    I know what it is that has brownfemipower in a twist.

    She worships the ground trannies walk on.

    My, my.

    No wonder she thinks “we” are filth.

    She doesn’t get that a bunch of the women posting against the trannie-invasion here were WOC. Just a knee jerk response to hate females on behalf of males, with the excuse that all the female loyalists here are white.

    Huh.

    I’ve known a few black lesbian separatists in my day. Wonder what BF would say to them?

    (On topic here because I’d worship the ground Valerie Solanas walks on if she were still alive.)

    Cheers!

    Mary

  5. Ms Kate

    It is now technically feasible to reproduce without the aid of males (or, for that matter, females) and to produce only females. We must begin immediately to do so. Retaining the male has not even the dubious purpose of reproduction.

    Quiverfull? Ack! Or would that be quiver-half-full?

    Either way, you could use a search and replace to make this into a fundamentalist screed from here on out. Then again, it is a fundamentalist work.

    I guess that is why it is called a manifesto? Shouldn’t it be a Womynyfesto?

    BTW, Scratchy, Right On Sistah!

  6. Mar Iguana

    Merry Solanasmas!

  7. jc.

    And a merry ho-hum and happy humbug to you twisty.
    Thank you for surviving 2006 and continuing to give some meaning to the world.
    I´m off to exploit the natives during my new years stay on the mekong in Laos.
    Thanks, once again for 2006.

  8. femme

    Oh Solanas!

    I just reread the S.C.U.M. Manifesto for an introducton to the avant-garde graduate course and the professor prefaced the reading by calling her a “complete whack job who tried to shoot Andy Warhol…”

    This made me sad – because while it may be partially true – such a description really takes away from the delicious genius.

    We also read The Cyborg Manifesto – always a thrilling favorite.

    Happy Solanasmas!

  9. Lavoris

    “Tried to shoot Andy Warhol.” Tried?? Why, that professor is portraying her as incompetent or ineffectual!

  10. Lya Kahlo

    Her entire post is one long insult aimed at radfems, while she complains that radfems insulted transpeople. Hypocrisy much? Her post is as useless as it gets.

    Vera V left a comment on the blog pointing this out, and I’ll bet it doesn’t see the light of day.

  11. Twisty

    If you guys are going to start another thread, so be it, but how’s about a link to whatever it is that’s now under discussion?

  12. Lya Kahlo

    A link: http://brownfemipower.com/?p=764

    Notice she tagged it “white feminism” – which means what? If you don’t agree with her, you must be white and therefore available to be labeled “bigot”?

  13. antiprincess

    If you don’t agree with her, you must be white and therefore available to be labeled “bigot”?

    how is that any different from the idea that if I don’t agree with y’all, I must be a handmaiden of patriarchy and therefore available to be labeled “stupid”, “dense”, “male”?

  14. Heart

    Thanks, all, Mary Sunshine, you were right, I need to use Firefox for the comments. I read them and commented.

    Notice she tagged it “white feminism” – which means what? If you don’t agree with her, you must be white and therefore available to be labeled “bigot”?

    Yeah, this is upsetting, and I hope bfp does approve Veravenom’s post. Radical feminism is not “white feminism” and never has been, not from the beginning; neither should differences around transgender issues be racialized in this particular way. The whole thing is just disturbing.

    Sorry for the drift, Twisty.

    Heart

  15. Lya Kahlo

    Heart – I completely agree. Though it seems like this is just one more instance of ignoring what radfems are actually saying in order to bond over demonizing them. It’s lazy, frankly.

    Ap – I have never called you any of those things.

  16. grrr kitty

    Reading the article to which the original post links was one a the high points of aught-six for me, back in August, and it was an otherwise disappointing year on the whole. Thanks, Twisty, discovering your blog was another. You remind me that sometimes anger is the only sane response, and that I’m *not* the crazy one.

  17. antiprincess

    fair enough, lya. you shouldn’t have to cop to something you didn’t do.

    however, you can’t deny that there are plenty of examples of ignoring what other not-so-radfem women are actually saying in order to bond over demonizing them.

    maybe you personally are not guilty of that. but it’s out there.

    oh, and yes – Valerie Solanas was influential and important, even to a handmaiden like me. I had not realized she passed away so recently (1988) and under such dire circumstances.

    was the movie I Shot Andy Warhol accurate or totally off-base, does anyone know?

  18. Lya Kahlo

    “however, you can’t deny that there are plenty of examples of ignoring what other not-so-radfem women are actually saying in order to bond over demonizing them.”

    I haven’t been surfing the feminist blogiverse for very long. I get the impression that there were some epic battles between various feminsts sects in the past, but I wasn’t around for them and so don’t pretend to know where all the hard feelings come from. That said, the radfem blogs I frequent tend to deal with issues important to radfems. Non-radfems rarely qualify. Unless one or more are frequent commenters, or frequent trolls, that is.

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