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Author Harding, Kate, 1975- author.

Title Asking for it : the alarming rise of rape culture--and what we can do about it / Kate Harding.

Publication Info. Boston, MA : Da Capo Lifelong, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, 2015.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  364.1532 H219a 2015    ---  Available
Edition First Da Capo Press edition.
Description vii, 261 pages ; 23 cm
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Summary "If American women couldn't laugh about the way we discuss rape in this culture, half of us would be sobbing constantly, while the other half, one can only assume, would be arming themselves for the revolution. In the last few years, a series of Republican politicians have introduced memorable phrases into the American lexicon that reveal their automatic suspicion of women who report rape: "forcible rape," "honest rape," "legitimate rape," and "emergency rape" are some choice favorites. These qualified terms reveal what a lot of Americans--too many of them in public office--believe down deep: There's rape, and then there's rape-rape. Disturbingly, most of us do support rape, whether in subtle ways ("All women should take self-defense classes!") or blatantly misogynistic ones ("Hot sex with a crazy bitch"). That's how culture works. You're soaking in it. This is the first book since 2008's Yes Means Yes! to tackle the subject of rape culture, and I'm pretty sure it's the first non-academic, single-author book since the 1990s to examine sexual assault as a social phenomenon. Harding explores how rape culture manifests itself via media narratives about sexual assault victims and perpetrators--and how those change, depending on the age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and fame of both victim and offender. Through that lens, she will take a close look at the three pillars of rape culture--excusing the accused, blaming the victim, and insisting that individual women can and must protect themselves from rape"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-243) and index.
Contents Part I: Slut shaming, victim blaming, and rape myths. The power of myth -- Simple safety tips for ladies -- Not-so-innocent bystanders -- The problem of false accusations -- Part II: Law and order. To serve and protect -- Unreasonable doubts -- The politics of rape -- Part III: The culture of rape. Virgins, vamps, and the view from nowhere -- Pop rape -- Trolls, gamers, and the new misogyny -- Reasons for hope.
Subject Sexual harassment of women.
Women -- Crimes against.
Rape. (OCoLC)fst01089970
Sexual harassment of women. (OCoLC)fst01114883
Women -- Crimes against. (OCoLC)fst01176618
ISBN 9780738217024 (softcover)
0738217026 (softcover)
9780738217031 (ebook)
Standard No. 40025220977

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