Valerie Solanas’s SCUM Manifesto is Great Literature

Solanas, who died 25 years ago today, generally touted the benefits of exterminating men. But for a bile-covered window into a particularly angry mind, her SCUM Manifesto is surprisingly relatable.

||Johanna Went, Los Angeles performance artist, photographed by Anna Summa, 1982
Teen Angst: 1902 to 1996

Mary MacLane’s I Await the Devil’s Coming is a declaration of loneliness, restlessness, and narcissism—the same angst that binds teenagers from the turn of the century to the age of Dirty Girls.