Asking for It (Digital Audiobook)
The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture-and What We Can Do about It
Publication Date: August 24, 2015
From Congressman Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" gaffe to the high school rapists of Steubenville, Ohio, to the furor at Vanderbilt, sexual violence has been so prominent in recent years that the feminist term "rape culture" has finally entered the mainstream. But what, exactly, is it? And how do we change it?In Asking for It, Kate Harding answers those questions in the same blunt, no-nonsense voice that has made her a powerhouse feminist blogger. Combining in-depth research with practical knowledge, Asking for It makes the case that twenty-first-century America-where it's estimated that out of every one hundred rapes only five result in felony convictions-supports rapists more effectively than victims. Harding offers ideas and suggestions for addressing how we as a culture can take rape much more seriously without compromising the rights of the accused.
About the Author
Kate Harding has been writing popular feminist rants
for Internet audiences since 2007, most notably at Jezebel, at Salon’s Broadsheet blog, and at her own body-acceptance blog, Shapely
Prose. She’s also the coauthor of Lessons from the
Fat-o-sphere, a major contributor to The Book of Jezebel, and an
essayist who’s been published in several anthologies, including Yes Means
Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World without Rape. Kate recently
started a new Tumblr blog, Don’t Get Raped (victimblaming.tumblr.com), which uses news items
about sexual assault to catalog the many situations women—and men and
children—have to avoid to fully protect themselves against the
threat of rape. She lives in Minnesota.