The manifesto opens with Solonas' claiming that women must "destroy the male sex" and demands women birth only female children from now on. She describes men as "biological accidents[s]," "walking abortion[s]" and "emotional cripple[s]." She details the supposed negative effects inherent male defectiveness has on society. Most of her incredibly questionably assertions are bigoted statements about men, but she also makes other outlandish claims, like "the problems of aging and death could be solved within a few years."
The remainder of the book is a call to create SCUM, a terrorist organization/movement that will take over society through theft, sabotage, vandalism, forcibly removing people from their jobs, taking over news media, forcibly breaking up heterosexual couples and murder. Lots of murder. Solanas clearly states, ""SCUM will kill all men who are not in the Men's Auxiliary of SCUM." Although, even being part of the Men's Auxiliary is "not a sufficient condition for making SCUM's escape list." On the other hand, even women who do not cooperate with SCUM will be spared, because Solonas believes killing women would confuse the public's perception of SCUM. She also thinks it is unnecessary. Unlike men, she believes woman are "improvable" and if SCUM can "eliminate men" then "women will shape up."
The book provides basic details about how the organization/movement will operate. SCUM will always rely on criminal activities and not "picket, demonstrate, march or strike to attempt to achieve its ends." SCUM will actively recruit. Ultimately, SCUM "will consist of recruiters; the elite corps -- the hard core activists" who are the "looters and destroyers" and "the elite of the elite -- the killers."
Solanas writes that SCUM will continue its campaign of destruction and murder "until the money-work system no longer exists and automation is completely instituted or until enough women co-operate with SCUM to make violence unnecessary to achieve these goals." Solanas' believes this is the first step in a female utopia. However, even after there is "no further need to kill men," a man's future in Solanas' world is bleak. If labor has not been fully automated by the time SCUM comes to power, men will become "totally subservient" to women, essentially or literally becoming a slave class. After the "replacement of males by machines," the "few remaining men can exist out their puny days dropped out on drugs," "strutting around in drag," "passively watching the high-powered female in action," "breeding in the cow pasture with" the unenlightened woman who still find men appealing, or they can go to "the nearest friendly suicide center."
Defenders of the book claim the manifesto it is satire, a convenient way to claim Solanas didn't mean what she actually wrote. I do not see any satire. Just because Solonas' plan is ludicrously evil, does not mean she wasn't being serious. The author herself has been quoted as saying the manifesto is "dead serious." She even demonstrated her willingness to use murder as a solution when she gunned down 2 men in cold-blood (she tried to shoot one more, but her gun jammed). The manifesto is exactly what it is, blatant misandry and a call for terrorism and murder on a grand scale.
The book is the ranting of a deranged, violent bigot, but Solanas is dead and can't hurt anyone anymore. What is truly worrying is the support Solanas and the book have received. Robin Morgan, who later worked as an editor for Ms. magazine, publicly demonstrated for Solanas' release. Ti-Grace Atkinson, a former president of the New York chapter of the National Organization for Woman has been quoted as calling Solonas "the first outstanding champion of women's rights." Even today, it is easy to find websites, reviews and comments that claim the manifesto is brilliant and even funny.
It is deeply disturbing that Solonas' appeal to murder of half the human population has captured the imaginations of so many. I wonder if these people would feel the same if a man convicted of gunning down innocent women penned a book calling for the establishment of a terrorist organization devoted to murdering all women until it attained political power. Would people claim that book was brilliant or funny? Would that book get numerous re-printings and translations?
It cannot be stated strongly enough, this vile book is a hateful call to murder. It is a promotion of violent misandry. The only value the SCUM Manifesto could possibly have to a morally decent person is as a looking glass into the dark underbelly of radical feminism.