Manifesto of Nihilist Women

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Manifesto of Nihilist Women, Le Drapeau Noir [The Black Flag], n. 4, September 2 1883, Lyon.

Let men have their fun blabbering on and on about the Revolution—They’re free to do it! The nihilist women are tired of all this procrastination and are determined to act. Thinking about annihilating the bourgeoisie, they are ready to sacrifice everything to hasten the realization of this undertaking. In the inextinguishable hatred that is devouring them, they will call up whatever strength is necessary to overcome all obstacles.
But since this grandiose project cannot be carried out in one day, they will take their time, preferring for now to use poison and once in a while, to achieve their goal more easily, with a few bad seeds.
The nihilist women will make up for their lack of scientific knowledge and laboratory practice by mixing small doses in the food of their exploiters, deadly substances that are available to the poor and easy to handle for the most ignorant and inexperienced women.
From hundreds of ingredients with incontestable results, we can cite: lead acetate, which you can get in a few days if you leave lead shot sitting around or a piece of lead in vinegar; pieces of rotten meat; hemlock, which is so often mistaken for parsley and which grows everywhere on the side of the road, on the backsides of ditches.
At least we will give back to our despicable oppressors some of the evil that they give us every day. We will not smile and support the tyranny knowing that our enemies’ lives are at our mercy… They want to be the masters! Let them suffer the consequences.
In the three years that the league has been around, hundreds of bourgeois families have already paid the fatal price, gnawed away by a mysterious illness that medicine cannot define or avert.
To work, then, all you women who are fed up with suffering and who are looking for a remedy to your misery. Imitate the nihilist women!

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5 Responses to “Manifesto of Nihilist Women”

  1. elise Says:

    Hi Michael,

    This is a great piece. Do you know about any other translations from Le Drapeau Noir? I did some searching through google and haven’t found much more than links to your translation. I would love to read more from this paper, a send off in the right direction would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • Michael Shreve Says:

      unfortuantely I’m the only I know about who has done anything. And I plan to do more. Little by little I will put up pieces from the paper on my blog. If you ever find anyone doing anything with it, let me know. Thanks.

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  4. nalr0d th3 1mpaler! Says:

    nihilists do it forever! and nihilists do it best!
    because nihilists do it everywhere
    until everything of value in the world
    has been turned into some kind of trash!

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