Kate Harding, author of Asking For It

Event date: 
Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 6:00pm
Kate Harding author of Asking For It

A Room of One's Own, in partnership with the Dane County Rape Crisis Center, welcomes Kate Harding for a reading and Q&A on the crucial feminist topic of rape culture.

With sexual violence in the spotlight today more than ever, the feminist term “rape culture” has finally entered the mainstream. But what, exactly, is it? And how do we change it? In the provocative read ASKING FOR IT, powerhouse feminist blogger Kate Harding provides a blunt examination of sexual assault as a social phenomenon. An estimated one in every five woman will be raped. And only 5% will result in felony convictions. In fact, ASKING FOR IT makes the case that twenty-first century America supports rapists more effectively than victims. Whether it’s a celebrated athlete or a beloved celebrity, a clergyman or an average person, excuses abound. But we could be at a critical point in the national dialogue. Rather than echoing previous ephemeral moments of rape conversation in 1970 and 1990, the discussion is gaining momentum and media attention.

In her frank and singular voice, Harding tackles the issues that fuel rape culture head on, assessing how stereotypes have created a vicious and pathologic cycle, constantly reaffirmed by television programming, media outlets, politicians—everyday life. But ASKING FOR IT offers more than a well-crafted rant; this book identifies ways to effect real change. Harding explores the promise of activism and legislation, exposes institutional failures, suggests ways to better enforce Title IX policies on college campuses and define consent—a litany of ways in which our society can actively work together to begin taking sexual violence seriously.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--And What We Can Do about It Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738217024
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - August 25th, 2015