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Unformatted text preview: 258 THE AVANT-GARDE M powder themselves with brown powder and like Egyptians elongate their eyes. But Mon that’s old age. We, however, join contemplation with action and fling ourselves into Lay's the crowd. , Cono To the frenzied city of arc lamps, to the streets bespattered with bodies, to the , houses huddled together, we have not brOught the past: unexpected flowers have , The bloomed in the hothouse and they excite us. City dwellers have for a long time been varnishing their nails, using eyeshadow, V00” rouging their lips, cheeks, hair — but all they are doing is to imitate the earth. ; PSYCl We, creators, have nothing to do with the earth; our lines and colors appeared with ‘ have us. If we were given the plumage of parrots, we would pluck out their feathers to use Th as brushes and crayons. \ er Ifwe were given immortal beauty, we would daub over it and kill it — we who know ; NOt} no half measures. your. Tattooing doesn’t interest us. People tattoo themselves once and for always. We are g paint ourselves for an hour, and a change of experience calls for a change of Proffi painting, just as picture devours picture, when on the other side of a car windshield hone shopwindows flash by running into each other: that’s our faces. Tattooing is beautiful a that but it says little — only about one’s tribe and exploits. Our painting is the newsman. E Facial expressions don’t interest us. That’s because people have grown accustomed 3 She j: to understanding them, too timid and ugly as they are. Our faces are like the screech 3; of the trolley warning the hurrying passersrby, like the drunken sounds of the great For t] tango. Mimicry is expressive but colorless. Our painting is the decorator. prom Mutiny against the earth and transformation of faces into a projector ofexperiences. heme The telescope discerned constellations lost in space, painting will tell of lost ideas. ‘ We paint ourselves because a clean face is offensive, because we want to herald Lcaw the unknown, to rearrange life, and to bear man’s multiple soul to the upper reaches out“, of reality. Paras 2 MINA Lov (1882—1966) Me“ 3 'FEMINIST MANIFESTO' 1914 Pam] can ta Eng/cw poet, painter and dran/atz'tl. Lo} rtndled in Municb, London and Pall; and later wooed sexes to France. Her project parth conm’ted ry‘ ertalallrning a firnlnz'rt reading oantnrlst aert/yetlcr and cnltaralpoll/ict {cee alto 'Femlnc'rt Manyrm‘o’ below). After toe alignment ofFutn/‘im/ wit/b Fault/n The f the rejected the n/ooernent. Her play The Pamperets anlalrroed in Dial, 7920) ratin'yer z'nmlar and t and te/fJ/rnbortant aoant—gardiw/ in general, including a particular attack: on Fotmirt ‘lngfl'oonr'. divisi< Loft concern with Jocz'al antique and toe need for alternative ideologiet ofgender war eoqbrersed in L expre: toe manjfl’rtoalikepampblet Psycho~Democracy, palalirbed in Florence in 7920 and reprinted in is so Little Review tbefillowz'ngyean Her collection of power, Lunar Baedecker {7923), alto loo/é; _ influe at fen/ale experience wit/yin an aertbetz'c and political context, while being Monica/41 lnnooatz'oe and is a p< ad/Jering to M odernlxt form Lo)“; work was pam'cnlarly admired and roan/pioned oy Ezra Pound haVfi 2 Ill/)0 raw in her poetry t/Je fulfilment of lot; own ‘logopoeic’ model. Her nonzerom contribution! to journal; are collected in Lunar Baedecker and Time-Tables (7958}. Last Lunar Baedecker T0 Ob ( 798 2) 2'5 toe complete collection oy‘oerpoetg. 5/16 alto left an Icncompleted ooln/ne entitled Anglo t0 ma iARDE es. But res into to the rs have hadow, :d with ; to use ) know .ys. We nge of lshield :autiful man. tomed creech 3 great iences. ideas. herald eaches ' moved in and :tzrrir/H ima/ar flaom’. 15m! in intea' in o loo/é; Me and Pound 70/1: to lecker tnglo- l l MANOFESTOS 259 _ _ Mongrels and the Rose (7 925 Wn'z‘tm in 79 74, the ammo/earn” bar flpbon'mzi‘ on Futzxfirm’, 1401’; mamferto 1': taken from the (cl/ambit The Last Lunar Baedeker, edited I?) Roger L Conaver, 7982. The Feminist Movement as instituted at present is INADEQUATE. : Women, if you want to realize yourselves (for you are on the brink of a devastating psychological upheaval) all your pet illusions must be unmasked. The lies of centuries have got to be discarded. Are you prepared for the WRENCH? There is no half—measure, no scratching on the surface of the rubbish heap of tradition. Nothing short of Absolute Demolition will bring about reform. So cease to place your confidence in economic legislation, vice-crusades and uniform education. You are glossing over REALITY. Professional and commercial careers are opening up for you. 1: Mat al/Jou want? If you honestly desire to find your level without prejudice, be brave and deny at the Outset that pathetic clapstrap warcry, ‘Woman is the equal of man.’ She is not. For the man who lives a life in which his activities conform to a social code which is a protectorate of the feminine element is no longer masculine. The woman who adapts herself to a theoretical valuation of her sex as a rE/dtiflf impertona/iy is not yet feminine. Leave off looking to men to find out what you are not. Seek within yourselves to find out what you are. As conditions are at present constituted you have the choice between Parasitism, Prostitution, or Negation. Men and women are enemies, with the enmity of the exploited for the parasite, the parasite for the exploited — at present they are at the mercy of the advantage that each can take of the others’ sexual dependence. The only point at which the interests of the sexes merge is the sexual embrace. The first illusion to demolish is the division of women into two classes: the mistress and the mother. Every well balanced and developed woman knows that no such division exists, that Nature has endowed the Complete Wornan with a faculty for expressing herself through all her functions. These are no remirliom. The woman who is so incompletely evolved as to be unselfCOnscious in sex will prove a restrictive influence on the temperamental expansion of the next generation; the woman who is a poor mistress will be an incompetent mother, an inferior mentality. She will not have an adequate apprehension of LIFE. To obtain results you must make sacrifices and the first and greatest sacrifice you have to make is of your VIRTUE. 260 THE AVANT-GARDE The fictitious value of woman as identified with her physical purity is too easy a standby. It renders her lethargic in the acquisition of intrinsic merits of character by which she could obtain a concrete value. Therefore, the first self—enforced law for the female sex, as protection against the manmade bogey of virtue (which is the principal instrument of her subjugation) is the unconditional surgical dettrurtion ofw'gimy throughout the female population at puberty. The value of man is assessed entirely according to his use or interest to the community; the value of woman depends entirely on chance — her success or failure in manipulating a man into taking life—long responsibility for her. The advantages of marriage are too ridiculously ample compared to all other trades, for under modern conditions a woman can accept preposterously luxurious support from a man without returning anything w even offspring — as an offering of thanks for her virginity. The woman who has not succeeded in striking that advantageous bargain is prohibited from any but the most surreptitious reaction to life-stimuli and is entirely debarred from maternity. Every woman has a right to maternity. Every woman of superior intelligence should realize her race-responsibility by producing children in adequate proportion to the unfit or degenerate members of her sex. Each child of a superior woman should be the result of a definite period of psychic development in her life and not necessarily of a possibly irksome and outworn con— tinuance of an alliance that is spontaneously adapted for vital creation in the beginning but which becomes unbalanced as the parties of that alliance follow the individual lines of their personal evolution. For the harmony of the race, each individual should be the expression of an easy and ample interpenetration of the male and female temperaments ~ free from Stress. Woman must become more responsible for the child than man. Woman must destroy in herself the desire to be loved. The desire for comfortable protection rather than intelligent curiosity and courage in meeting and resisting the presence of sex (or so-called love) must be reduced to its initial element. Honor, grief, sentimentality, pride, and consequently jealousy must be detached from sex. Woman must retain her deceptive fragility of appearance, combined with indomitable will, irreducible courage, abundant health, and sound nerves. h i.:.‘."v£~’»’19'€7"'r="": 3 i 3 § § E” is i 3 R? i E it i: g. E E Mp Anot sightr her s< In de attitu wide: ARDE easy a ,aracter red law 1 is the ‘w'rginiy nunity; .ulating trades, .upport thanks thibited zbarred ility by embers psychic rn con— ginning 121 lines asy and :53. irage in d to its nust be mitable i i g l I i i MANIFESTOS 261 Another great illusion that woman must use all her introspection, innate clear— sightedness, and unbiased bravery to destroy is the impurity of sex — for the sake of her self—respect. ' In defiance of superstition I assert that tbere i! natbing impure in .tex except the mental attitude toward it. The eventual acceptance of this fact will constitute an incalculably wider social regeneration than it is possible for our generation to acquire. ...
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