“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.”
SCUM manifesto by Valerie Solanas
- That we live in a society where women are still second-class citizens, constantly objectified by the media and that this is reflected in everyday life.
- That the streets do not feel safe for us, because we are constantly being told that the length of our skirts, having tits or our smell are an invitation to RAPE. By the way we choose to dress, smell, look, etc., we are “sluts” and “deserve it”.
- That society is constantly telling us how we must look and behave in order to be accepted, trying to control our bodies and censoring our agency as individuals with sexual desires.
- That the previous waves of feminism have seen some of their demands satisfied, but capitalism has found a way to adapt and change the tools for oppression.
- That capitalism and full gender equality are incompatible, as capitalism is a product of patriarchy.
- That gender is a social construct that has been used in order to create hierarchies; the first classist society was one that made a distinction between women and men.
- That we live in dangerous times where conservative institutions, from MPs to antiabortionist campaigns, are constantly trying to cut any form of progress that allows women more autonomy.
- That many women are still highly dependent on others, be a husband, father or the state, but also are the ones that play a role of carers and do housework most of the time, even when they also have a job.
- That capitalism and the state must be abolished if we wish to live in a true egalitarian society.
- That no woman should be judged or shamed by her life choices, who she sleeps with or what she does with her body.
- That the only way to eradicate future situations where a woman is subjected to rape and/or domestic abuse is by educating the next generations to RESPECT our own bodies and others.
- Society has to stop telling victims not to get raped and start telling rapists not to rape.
- That we should show 0 tolerance towards men who are abusive in anyway, verbal or physical, as both types of abuse are equally destructive and unacceptable.
- That the anarchist movement, along with the wider political activist scene in London, is failing to address issues regarding sexism and is letting women down, so we must stand up and remind them.
- That we are not housewives, sluts, sexual objects, nuns or hysterical/emotional creatures, we are humans and our bodies, freedom, rights and subjectivities must be respected!