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Author: Kate Harding Narrator: Erin Bennett Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781483038667
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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, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[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

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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 (, 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.

About the Narrator

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.