Burn It Down!
The manifesto—raging and wanting, quarreling and provoking—has always played a central role in feminism, and we need them now more than ever. Their urgent rawness—the bleeding edge of rage and defiance—ignites new and revolutionary possibilities.
In this landmark collection spanning three centuries and four waves of feminist activism and writing, Burn It Down! is a testament to what is possible when women are driven to the edge.
All week we will be publishing feminist manifestos from the sections within the book, including: WITCHY/BITCHY, QUEER/TRANS, ANTICAPITALIST/ANARCHIST, ANGRY/VIOLENT, INDIGENOUS/WOMEN OF COLOR, SEX/BODY, HACKER/CYBORG, TRASHY/PUNK.
INDIGENOUS/WOMEN OF COLOR
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's sharp critique of the loss of indigenous people to the forces of whiteness and colonization.
BITCH Manifesto – 1968, Joreen, and W.I.T.C.H. Manifesto – 1968, W.I.T.C.H. (Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell).
Read a classic second-wave radical feminist text written by the Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell (W.I.T.C.H.), a group that resurfaced in Portland, Oregon, and throughout the United States after the election of Donald Trump. We then hear from Joreen (aka Jo Freeman) in her well-known BITCH Manifesto, a key effort in reclaiming the word “bitch” and turning it against the oppressors.
Collecting over seventy-five manifestos from around the world, Burn It Down! is a rallying cry and a call to action. Among this confrontational sisterhood, you’ll find:
• “Dyke Manifesto” by the Lesbian Avengers
• “The Ax Tampax Poem Feministo” by the Bloodsisters Project
• “The Manifesto of Apocalyptic Witchcraft” by Peter Grey
• “Simone de Beauvoir’s pro-abortion Manifesto of the 343
• “Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female” by Frances M. Beal
• “The Futurist Manifesto of Lust” by Valentine de Saint-Point
• “Zapatista Women’s Revolutionary Laws”
• “Riot Grrrl Manifesto” by Bikini Kill
• “Anarchy and the Sex Question” by Emma Goldman
Breanne Fahs argues that we need manifestos in all their urgent rawness—their insistence that we have to act now, that we must face this, that the bleeding edge of rage and defiance ignites new and revolutionary possibilities is where new ideas are born.