1912 The Manifesto of Futurist Woman [EN]

The Manifesto of Futurist Woman Response to F T Marinetti 1912

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Valentine de Saint Point

1912

We will glorify war the world s only hygiene militarism patriotism the destructive gesture of freedom bringers beautiful ideas worth dying for and scorn for woman Marinetti The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism Humanity is mediocre

The majority of women are neither superior nor inferior to the majority of men

They are all equal

They all merit the same scorn

The whole of humanity has never been anything but the terrain of culture source of the geniuses and heroes of both sexes

But in humanity as in nature there are some moments more propitious for such a flowering

In the summers of humanity when the terrain is burned by the sun geniuses and heroes abound

We are at the beginning of a springtime we are lacking in solar profusion that is a great deal of spilled blood

Women are no more responsible than men for the way the really young rich in sap and blood are getting mired down

It is absurd to divide humanity into men and women

It is composed only of femininity and masculinity

Every superman every hero no matter how epic how much of a genius or how powerful is the prodigious expression of a race and an epoch only because he is composed at once of feminine and masculine elements of femininity and masculinity that is a complete being

Any exclusively virile individual is just a brute animal any exclusively feminine individual is only a female

It is the same way with any collectivity and any moment in humanity just as it is with individuals

The fecund periods when the most heroes and geniuses come forth from the terrain of culture in all its ebullience are rich in masculinity and femininity

Those periods that had only wars with few representative heroes because the epic breath flattened them out were exclusively virile periods those that denied the heroic instinct and turning toward the past annihilated themselves in dreams of peace were periods in which femininity was dominant

We are living at the end of one of these periods

What is most lacking in women as in men is virility

That is why Futurism even with all its exaggerations is right

To restore some virility to our races so benumbed in femininity we have to train them in virility even to the point of brute animality

But we have to impose on everyone men and women who are equally weak a new dogma of energy in order to arrive at a period of superior humanity

Every woman ought to possess not only feminine virtues but virile ones without which she is just a female

Any man who has only male strength without intuition is only a brute animal

But in the period of femininity in which we are living only the contrary exaggeration is healthy we have to take the brute animal for a model

Enough of those women whose arms with twining flowers resting on their laps on the morning of departure should be feared by soldiers women as nurses perpetuating weakness and age domesticating men for their personal pleasures or their material needs

Enough women who create children just for themselves keeping them from any danger or adventure that is any joy keeping their daughter from love and their son from war

Enough of those women the octopuses of the hearth whose tentacles exhaust men s blood and make children anemic women in carnal love who wear out every desire so it cannot be renewed

Women are Furies Amazons Semiramis Joans of Arc Jeanne Hachettes Judith and Charlotte Cordays Cleopatras and Messalinas combative women who fight more ferociously than males lovers who arouse destroyers who break down the weakest and help select through pride or despair despair through which the heart yields its fullest return Let the next wars bring forth heroines like that magnificent Catherine Sforza who during the sack of her city watching from the ramparts as her enemy threatened the life of her son to force her surrender heroically pointing to her sexual organ cried loudly Kill him I still have the mold to make some more Yes the world is rotting with wisdom but by instinct woman is not wise is not a pacifist is not good

Because she is totally lacking in measure she is bound to become too wise too pacifist too good during a sleepy period of humanity

Her intuition her imagination are at once her strength and her weakness

She is the individuality of the crowd she parades the heroes or if there are none the imbeciles

According to the apostle the spiritual inspirer woman the carnal inspirer immolates or takes care causes blood to run or staunches it is a warrior or a nurse

It s the same woman who in the same period according to the ambient ideas grouped around the day s event lies down on the tracks to keep the soldiers from leaving for the war or then rushes to embrace the victorious champion

So that is why no revolution should be without her

That is why instead of scorning her we should address her

She s the most fruitful conquest of all the most enthusiastic who in her turn will increase our followers

But no feminism

Feminism is a political error

Feminism is a cerebral error of woman an error that her instinct will recognize

We must not give woman any of the rights claimed by feminists

To grant them to her would bring about not any of the disorders the Futurists desire but on the contrary an excess of order

To give duties to woman is to have her lose all her fecundating power

Feminist reasonings and deductions will not destroy her primordial fatality they can only falsify it forcing it to make itself manifest through detours leading to the worst errors

For centuries the feminine instinct has been insulted only her charm and tenderness have been appreciated

Anemic man stingy with his own blood asks only that she be a nurse

She has let herself be tamed

But shout a new message at her or some war cry and then joyously riding her instinct again she will go in front of you toward unsuspected conquests

When you have to use your weapons she will polish them

She will help you choose them

In fact if she doesn t know how to discern genius because she relies on passing renown she has always known how to rewarm the strongest the victor the one triumphant by his muscles and his courage

She can t be mistaken about this superiority imposing itself so brutally

Let woman find once more her cruelty and her violence that make her attack the vanquished because they are vanquished to the point of mutilating them

Stop preaching spiritual justice to her of the sort she has tried in vain

Woman become sublimely injust once more like all the forces of nature Delivered from all control with your instinct retrieved you will take your place among the Elements opposite fatality to the conscious human will

Be the egoistic and ferocious mother jealously watching over her children have what are called all the rights over and duties toward them as long as they physically need your protection

Let man freed from his family lead his life of audacity and conquest as soon as he has the physical strength for it and in spite of his being a son and a father

The man who sows doesn t stop on the first row he fecunds

In my Poems of Pride and in Thirst and Mirages I have renounced Sentimentalism as a weakness to be scorned because it knots up the strength and makes it static

Lust is a strength because it destroys the weak excites the strong to exert their energies thus to renew themselves

Every heroic people is sensual

Woman is for them the most exalted trophy

Woman should be mother or lover

Real mothers will always be mediocre lovers and lovers insufficient mothers through their excess

Equal in front of life these two women complete each other

The mother who receives the child makes the future with the past the lover gives off desire which leads toward the future

LET S CONCLUDE Woman who retains man through her tears and her sentimentality is inferior to the prostitute who incites her man through braggery to retain his domination over the lower depths of the cities with his revolver at the ready at least she cultivates an energy that could serve better causes

Woman for too long diverted into morals and prejudices go back to your sublime instinct to violence to cruelty

For the fatal sacrifice of blood while men are in charge of wars and battles procreate and among your children as a sacrifice to heroism take Fate s part

Don t raise them for yourself that is for their diminishment but rather in a wide freedom for a complete expansion Instead of reducing man to the slavery of those execrable sentimental needs incite your sons and your men to surpass themselves You are the ones who make them

You have all power over them

You owe humanity its heroes

Make them