Every seven minutes, someone in America commits a rape. And whether that's a football star, beloved celebrity, elected official, member of the clergy, or just an average Joe (or Joanna), there's probably a community eager to make excuses for that person. In Asking for It, Kate Harding combines research with an in-your-face voice to make the case that twenty-first century America supports rapists more effectively than victims. Drawing on real-world examples of what feminists call "rape culture" -- from politicos' revealing gaffes to institutional failures in higher education and the military -- Harding offers ideas and suggestions for how we, as a society, can take sexual violence much more seriously without compromising the rights of the accused.
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
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