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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"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, bullshit-free 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 100 rapes only 5 result in felony convictions -- supports rapists more effectively than victims. Harding offers ideas and suggestions for how we, as a culture, can take rape much more seriously without compromising the rights of the accused"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston :, Da Capo/Lifelong, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, , 2015.
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition.
ISBN: 9780738217024
Branch Call Number: 364.1532 Har
Characteristics: vii, 261 pages ; 23 cm


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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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