There are Better Ways
of Taking Care of Bret Easton Ellis
Than Just Censoring Him . . .
Susan Q co-conspiring with nikki craft
You were arrested for reading a book out loud in a bookstore?!"
When Susan Q became aware of American Psycho she was, as any feminist would be, disgusted and furious. Unlike many feminists, she felt compelled to do something about it. After her arrest for reading aloud excerpts from the book (in a bookstore where it was for sale), she collaborated with long-time activist Nikki Craft on the essay which follows.
Their attempts to get the essay published make an interesting story. The national radical-feminist publication off our backs was as unwilling to print it as Baxxter's home-town women's newspaper Matrix. Even the radical British feminist magazine Trouble and Strife was uncomfortable with the piece in its entirety (as it appears here) and wanted to make significant cuts.
In each case, editorial concern focused on the imagery and advocacy of violence by women against men. Editors or collective members suggested that printing it might only "escalate the violence" pandemic among us; one went so far as to call it "hate speech."
There are several points of interest in this situation. First, I note that the passages quoted directly from Ellis's book are far more explicit, gloating, and hateful than Baxxter's brief account of castrating a