The SCUM connection

Due to our recent coverage of events that have transpired in Sweden, many AVfM readers have had their memories refreshed about Valerie Solanas and the SCUM Manifesto. The book by the late feminist who attempted the murder of artist Andy Warhol is labeled as extreme by so called moderate feminists, but it seems to be enjoying a nostalgic resurgence in the mainstream feminist community.

It also appears there is growing evidence of a connection between SCUM proponents and Radfem Hub, as well as their plans (and current activity) to influence law and culture with a hate driven agenda.  The trail is a bit complicated, but discernible and should become more clear as evidence is continuing to come in.

It will be very helpful to read Robert O’Hara’s breaking expose on Radfem Hub in preparation for this information.

Between September 23-25th, 2011, two members of the Radfem Hub and Radfem Forum, Danielle Elina Pynnonen (Allecto) and her partner, Big Brother UK 5 contestant Kat “Kitten Pinder (Amazon Mancrusher) organized and hosted a three day feminist conference in Perth Australia that they called the ‘SCUM Conference’. They billed it as:

[box type=”download” icon=”none”]”THRILL SEEKING FEMALES UNITE! Life in this society being, at best, an utter bore, this THREE DAY RADICAL FEMINIST CONFERENCE is for civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females who want to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and destroy the male sex. Workshops, guest presenters and social activities, plus a space to celebrate and re-member the life and work of Valerie Solanas and other radical feminists.”[/box]

As you’ve seen in previous articles, the people that frequent the Radfem Hub and forum have often contemplated and discussed gendercide (mass murder), sexual  mutilation, advocating the targeted abortion of male fetuses and infanticide – murdering newborn males.

Valerie Solanas, the woman for which this group has almost worship-like admiration, was the author of the SCUM Manifesto, never made it a secret about her feelings towards men. She wrote:

“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.”

In another passage she wrote:


“Retaining the male has not even the dubious purpose of reproduction. The male is a biological accident: the y(male) chromosome is an incomplete x(female) chromosome, that is, has an incomplete set of chromosomes. In other words, the male is an incomplete female, a walking abortion, aborted at the gene stage. To be male is to be deficient, emotionally limited; maleness is a deficiency disease and males are emotional cripples.”

Her writing seems to be in lock step with the very disturbing writings we have witnessed recently on the Radfem Hub and forum. Many would dismiss these people as mentally unstable and their words as the disturbed ranting of a few, no-name, sadistic people. This isn’t the case, as many of these women are in positions of responsibility and influence in the real world.

But what of the guest speakers for the conference – the individuals who also celebrate the life, work and virulence of Valerie Solanas? The ugly truth is that not only are these lecturers well known professors, authors and activists, but they also run in the same online circles with the  same women that advocate a desire for violence and death towards men and boys.  They are part of the same philosophical sisterhood.

While many of those who spoke have been smart enough to not talk about such ugly things as we have seen here online, (at least nothing that can be traced back to them) they are friends with these same groups of women on Facebook, guest post articles on the Radfem Hub and even comment on some of these women’s individual blogs.

Julie Anne LeComte on Canberra, Australia, the owner and administrator of the forum where most of the worst hate is espoused, goes by the online names of  Rain Lewis, Rainsinger, and Raindancer.

A quick look at her Facebook page, as well as online forum discussions, that she, as well as Danielle Pynnonen (Allecto) and Kat Pinder (Amazon Mancrusher) personally know many of these professors, authors and activists.

Take a look at the speakers and some of the attendees of the 2008 Brisbane Feminist Conference. You also might ask who the speakers were at the 2011 Perth SCUM conference that they would openly associate with people that express a desire for murder and child abuse.

Here are some of them, with their self-styled promotional bios.

Susan Hawthorne PhD

“Susan Hawthorne is the author of six collections of poetry, a novel, political theory and a quiz book. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Writing Program at James Cook University, Townsville. In 2009, Susan was an Asialink Literature Resident at the University of Madras, Chennai. She is also a publisher and Director of Spinifex Press and played a leading role among independent Australian publishers in innovative and eBook publishing.” 

James Cook University is the institution where Michael Flood, the well-known pro-feminist professor teaches.

Dr. Abigail Bray

“Dr. Abigail Bray is a research fellow at the Social Justice Research Centre at Edith Cowan University. She has published widely in leading international academic journals on anorexia, child sexual abuse, moral panics, and child pornography. She is the author of Hélène Cixous: Writing and Sexual Difference (2004) and Body Talk: A Power Guide for Girls (2005) with Elizabeth Reid Boyd”

Melinda Tankard Reist

“Melinda Tankard Reist is a Canberra author, speaker, commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. Melinda has just initiated a new grassroots campaigning movement called Collective Shout. It aims to expose corporations, advertisers and marketers who objectify women and sexualize girls to sell products and services. In demand as a speaker, Melinda is named in Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women.”

Dr. Betty McLellan

“A psychotherapist with over 20 years experience, Betty McLellan is the author of HELP! I’m Living with a Man Boy, which has been translated in 12 languages. She is also the author of Overcoming Anxiety (1992) and Beyond Psychoppression (1995). She believes in the importance of honesty in relationships and works with women and men in individual and couple settings and facilitates groups for women and men separately and then together. She lives in Townsville, Queensland.” 

Dr. Gail Dines

“Gail Dines is professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College. The author of two previous books and a regular commentator on TV and radio, Dines has been covered in Newsweek, Time, USA Today, the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Philadelphia Inquirer. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.”

Spider Redgold aka Spiderlily Redgold 


“2005 Finalist Global Enterprise Architecture Excellence Award Zachmann Institute for Framework Advancement ( ) 2004 Elected Board member responsible for Education and certification Global Enterprise Architecture Organization ( 2003 included on the Pioneers Women’s Hall of Fame Quilt for Contribution to Women and Technology 

1999 Elected Board member and Vice President for one of Queensland’s leading industry organisations – Women In Information Technology (WIT) Inc [1999-2002] 1998 – finalist (and runner up) in the Australian Institute of Management QLD Innovator of the Year Awards. 1996 Keynote Presenter at South Korean Summit on “Women and Informationalization of the workforce”

And some of the other speakers?

Christine Sitka

Christine is a well know writer, speaker and activist in Australia who works with the Victorian Women’s Liberation and Lesbian Feminist Archives Inc.

Ryl Harrison

Ryl is a PhD Canidate at James Cook University in Townsville Australia

Samantha Berg

Samantha is the National Coordinator for the feminist organization Stop Porn Culture.

And of course:

Julie Anne LeComte (aka Rain Lewis/Rainsinger/Rainsong of Radfem Hub)

Julie Anne LeComte, the owner and operator of the Radfem forums is also the Communications Coordinator for the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce. She is recognized as a nationwide leader for Australian women’s rights activism.

In 2006, Dr. Browyn Winter, Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, wrote a piece on White Ribbon Day for the Australian website On Line Opinion. At the end of the piece, Dr. Winter, who is Facebook friends with Danielle Pynnonen (Allecto) as well as LeComte, listed who she felt were the most prominent feminists.  LeComte was named.

And the question remains whether some of the other names listed are connected to the group of radical feminists who frequently discuss how to reduce the male population through sexually selected murder, or just kill men and boys for the pure pleasure of it.

It is clear that the rabbit hole of radical feminists in positions of public trust does not just stop with just these women. More on that later, but I’ll leave you all with a question; When the Australian government wants input on new legislation concerning sexual assault, domestic violence or special assistance for women only, who do you think they turn to for expert opinions? I will answer that, and much more, in the next article.

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