Valerie Solanas vs. Liberal Feminists
They tried to impeach me as president of NOW for going to [Valerie’s] aid at all. It’s sort of like a Rorschach test, Valerie was. Berry Friedan, before I became a threat to her, was once very supportive and confiding. I remember she was really in a fix once because she had a place on Fire Island with her husband and they had a big fight. She chased him down the beach with a carving knife screaming she was going to cut it off. Lots of people saw her and he was going to bring this up in divorce proceedings. She asked me what to do and I told her, “Well, there were witnesses, so what can you do? You’ve got to brazen it out and just say, ‘I’m a passionate woman. What do you want from me?’” I thought that was good advice. So when Betty flipped out at my assertion that there was a connection between violence and feminism, I thought of her chasing her husband down the beach with a carving knife. She’s telling me I’m crazy.
"Betty wanted nothing to do with Valerie’s case, writing to Ti-Grace, “I don’t like the politics of this,” and sending telegrams to Flo that read, for example,” DESIST IMMEDIATELY FROM LINKING NOW IN ANY WAY WITH VALERIE SOLANAS. MISS SOLANAS MOTIVES IN WARHOL CASE ENTIRELY IRRELEVANT TO NOW’S GOALS OF FULL EQUALITY FOR WOMEN IN TRULY EQUAL PARTNERSHIP WITH MEN.” Flo responded with “Valerie is superior to many of the people in NOW. She already says Simone de Beauvoir, Satre, and Genet are overrated windbags so you can imagine what she thinks of NOW. She’s worth all the NOW members put together.”
— Breanne Fahs, Valerie Solanas (2014)