Asking for It

Asking for It

The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It

Book - 2015
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In the era of #metoo, a clear-eyed, sharp look at rape culture, sexual assault, harassment and violence against women--and what we can do about it.

"A timely and brilliant book." (Jessica Valenti)

Every seven minutes, someone in America commits a rape. And whether that's a football star, beloved celebrity, elected official, member of the clergy, or just an average Joe (or Joanna), there's probably a community eager to make excuses for that person.

In Asking for It , Kate Harding combines in-depth research with a frank, no-holds-barred voice to make the case that twenty-first-century America supports rapists more effectively than it supports victims. From institutional failures in higher education to real-world examples of rape culture, Harding offers ideas and suggestions for how we, as a society, can take sexual violence much more seriously without compromising the rights of the accused.
Publisher: Boston, MA :, Da Capo Lifelong Books,, 2015
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition
ISBN: 9780738217024
Characteristics: vii, 261 pages


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Oct 02, 2015

This is a good book - - this is a bad book. How could I suggest such a description? I applaud what the author is doing insofar as her descriptions, but the overall thinking: this is a rape culture - - this is a gun culture - - et cetera, is really murky, fuzzy and confusing thinking. I've heard thoroughly unethical, senior exploitative female executives discuss this subject and - - guess what???
Unless the entire subject of mass corruption in America is discussed and at least put on the table for discussion, it is ludicrous to keep parsing in this matter! ! !
Hillary and Bill may be against the literary definition of rape, but have embraced interfering in the internal affairs of foreign countries [and economic warfare at home], which leads to a dramatic increase in such behaviors! Ditto the other neocons!
Understood? [There's a most concrete and discernable reason why the two fellows who hacked into data to reveal evidence of the Steubenville rape case received far more jail time than those rapists!]

MaxineML Aug 27, 2015

Equal parts depressing, great, and inspiring. Like all of Harding's work this is a well written and well researched book - the topic may make some people uncomfortable, but this should be a must read.

Harding takes a hard look at what exactly is meant by "rape culture," defines it, and then spends most of the book illustrating how our society lives up to the definition. She also deals with the concept of 'date-rape', consent culture and how things are (slowly, but surely!) changing.

At times this is a difficult book to read - it's hard not to read about the Steubenville rape case, from Ohio, without wanting to smack someone upside the head. And it's hard to read about the utter nonsense spewed from members of congress ("legitimate rape" anyone?), but it is, nevertheless, required to understand the wider issues surrounding sex, sexuality, gender, consent, and rape in our society.

Seriously. Everyone should read this.

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