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SCUMB Manifesto, Justine Kurland

SCUMB Manifesto by Justine Kurland
Passing Through Eden, 2020.
SCUMB Manifesto by Justine Kurland Passing Through Eden, 2020.

Justine Kurland cut up all her photobooks and made collages out of them… the results a feminist manifesto, out with men… i get that the patriarchy is a bore, but i have begun to suspect that a matriarchy that dominates as the patriarchy does, should it ever be achieved, will be just as problematic, not least because women seek to claim the agency of men, with agency comes responsibility, but also the opportunity to run amok in pursuit of hegemony… i now dedicate myself to the ouroboros and the multiarchy, this is where the future of humanity lies if it is to be a good one…

… SCUMB Manifesto is an extension of SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas, which she was famous for, along with attempting to murder Andy Warhol…

Solanas had a turbulent childhood. She said her father regularly sexually abused her and she had a volatile relationship with her mother and stepfather after her parents’ divorce. She was sent to live with her grandparents but ran away after being physically abused by her alcoholic grandfather. Solanas came out as a lesbian in the 1950s. After graduating with a degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, Solanas relocated to Berkeley, California, where she began writing her most notable work, the SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto, which urged women to “overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and eliminate the male sex.”1


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