Asking for It Lib/E: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture-And What We Can Do about It
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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.
Erin Bennett is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and a stage actress who played Carlie Roberts in the BBC radio drama Torchwood: Submission. She can be heard on several video games. Regional theater appearances include the Intiman, Pasadena Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, A Noise Within, Laguna Playhouse, and the Getty Villa. She trained at Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Be prepared to yell at the universe while listening to this one...It's a necessary book for every human right now. It's one of the first feminist audiobooks that got me hooked on taking in my feminism through my ears.-- "BookRiot (audio review)"
Informative and informal, the book is a smart, impassioned, and well-researched agenda for a strictly no-nonsense understanding of rape culture.-- "Los Angeles Times"
Harding skillfully breaks down the factors that have converged to create the United States' rape culture. Asking For It mixes statistics and research with true stories that show our flawed collective attitude toward sexual assault, resulting in a book that will leave you both outraged and inspired to make change happen.-- "Bustle"
[Harding] has an amazing capacity for transforming her outrage into clear, considered arguments.-- "Chicago Reader"
[A]n unflinching and nuanced map of a culture in crisis; Harding's singular voice makes it a page-turner. It's required reading for anyone who wants to know why there's so much fuss about rape culture these days, as well as for everyone who wants to do something about it.-- "Jaclyn Friedman, coauthor of Yes Means Yes"
Asking for It is a must-read for anyone who cares about ending sexual violence. Kate Harding takes on politicians, the media, and commonly held myths in a way that's accessible for antiviolence experts and novices alike. This is a timely and brilliant book that will put a much-needed dent in rape culture.-- "Jessica Valenti, author of The Purity Myth"