by Kate Harding
Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s arrest. Congressman Todd Akin’s “legitimate” gaffe. The alleged rape crew of Steubenville, Ohio. 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’s 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 addressing how we as a culture can take rape much more seriously without compromising the rights of the accused.
Anyone who is interested in learning more about the feminist movement and rape culture would truly benefit from reading this book. It provides the background information needed to look at each example presented in the book, and gives the reader opportunity to adopt a different perspective. Harding is blunt and doesn't try to sugar coat anything - something truly needed. However, Harding, having a personal connection the the issues discussed, also offers the POV that is hardly paid attention to in cases concerning rape.
This should be on anyone's Feminism 101 reading list. Like feminism itself, rape culture is something that concerns not only women, but men as well.