Stuff in the ‘Kate Harding’ Category

9 October, 2015


Kate HardingKate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture–and What We Can Do About It (DaCapo Lifelong Press), Previously, she collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere (Perigee). You might also remember her as the founding editor of Shapely Prose (2007-2010).

 Kate’s essays have appeared in the anthologies Madonna & Me, Yes Means Yes, Feed Me, and Airmail: Women of Letters. As a freelance writer, she’s extremely proud to have been published in outlets called Bitch, Jezebel, Dame and Broad(sheet), among others.

 Kate holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a B.A. in English from University askingof Toronto. She’s currently at work on a Ph.D. in creative writing from Bath Spa University and very pleased to be joining The Loft Literary Center as a teaching artist in fall 2015.

 A longtime Torontonian and Chicagoan, Kate recently moved to Minneapolis with her husband and two dogs.

More about Kate on her website  You can also follow her at Twitter: @KateHarding.

8 September, 2015

ASKING FOR IT: The Alarming Culture of Rape–and What We Can Do About It, Kate Harding

“Kate Harding smartly takes on myths and false thinking of rape in her well-researched book.”–The Los Angeles Times

askingEvery 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 in-depth research with an in-your-face voice to make the case that twenty-first-century America supports rapists more effectively than it supports 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.

Follow Kate on Twitter: @kateharding