Valerie on Ignorance
“On the contrary, the male has a vested interest in ignorance; it gives the few knowledgeable men a decided edge on the unknowledgeable ones, and besides, the male knows that an enlightened, aware female population will mean the end of him. The healthy, conceited female wants the company of equals whom she can respect and groove on; the male and the sick, insecure, unself-confident male female crave the company of worms.”
-Valerie Solanas, SCUM Manifesto
Valerie’s “Thrill-Seeking Females”
“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 eliminate the male sex.”
Let’s have a Feline Friday! We have images of many Presidential pets in our Presidential Libraries, but few of them are cats. On March 7, 1995, Socks hitched a ride with President Bill Clinton across the South Lawn.
(Photo: Clinton Library, National Archives Identifier: 6036920)
In celebration of Women’s History Month, I have put together a list of works that I feel are essential to feminist theory/feminist thought. From proto-feminism to third-wave post-modernist, here are some of my (mostly Western) favorites. What are some feminist works you favorite or feel are essential to the canon?
Behold the pendulograph (now commonly called harmonograph)! These incredible images were made with a drawing machine attached to pendulums tuned to musical frequencies too low for the human ear (but musical frequencies all the same). While these pendulographs were made in 1880 and 1881, the machine works roughly the same way as this one and this one, as far as I can tell.
Have you long considered your favorite chord or interval? Flip through these babies and find their visual representation.
I highly recommend that you check out the rest of these images in our digital library, and read the flowery prose of Reverend John Andrew; his published explanatory work on the pendulograph is here, and his unpublished album of pendulograph works is here.
The Pendulograph and Album, Revered John Andrew, 1881, Historical Society of Pennsylvania Am. 83693 volumes 1 and 2.