"[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, editor, Yes Means Yes
Chicago Reader, 1/2/15
“[Harding] has an amazing capacity for transforming her outrage into clear, considered arguments.”
“Harding skillfully breaks down the factors that have converged to create the United States’ rape culture. Asking For It mixes statistics and research with true stories that show our flawed collective attitude toward sexual assault, resulting in a book that will leave you both outraged and inspired to make change happen.”
"Asking for It serves as a useful reminder of why we still need bookseven nonfiction booksin the age of the Internet. Just the sheer volume of stories and examples Harding collects in one place is disquieting and extremely convincing in a way that getting it in pieces through the day-to-day grind of Internet reading will never accomplish. Harding doesn’t shy away from tough topics, especially when it comes to false rape reporting. To be clear, this book is not a chronicle of depressing stories of sexual assault, which would be a miserable read. Harding isn’t here simply to register the existence of crime; she is working as a cultural critic, focusing on the cultural response to and understanding of sexual assault more than the crimes themselves. Luckily for the reader, Harding has a wicked sense of humor."
Los Angeles Times, 8/23/15
"Deft and timely... Informative and informal, the book is a smart, impassioned and well-researched agenda for a strictly no-nonsense understanding of rape culture."
AV Club, 8/19/15
"It’s less depressing than it might sound, in part because of Harding’s funny and occasionally sarcastic style, and for something so full of facts and figures, it’s a pretty enthralling read. This book probably isn’t going to get through the thick skulls of true rape apologists, but it is a good read if you keep hearing the term “rape culture” and don’t really know what it means, or if you’re enraged by the media that calls Patrick Kane a 'target' of a rape investigation instead of a 'subject' of one."
Bitch Magazine, 9/2/15
“Asking For It offers a smart, concise, and surprisingly funny contribution to the dialogue on patriarchy, misogyny, and rape.”
Library Journal, 9/1/15
“Harding’s book serves as a welcome addition to the conversation she doesn’t mince words meticulously documented Harding writes with courage and passion that may rankle some readerswhich might not be an entirely bad thing.”
New York Journal of Books 8/25/15
“Insightful and provocative book Using news from current popular culture, as well as her own experiences, Harding has put together a no-holds-barred examination of the social phenomenon of rape culture Everyone should read this book no matter their gender identification, sexual orientation, religious, or political beliefs .The book is written accessibly and intelligently, without hyperbole, and is a sincere work of scholarship no library or bookshelf should be without.”
The Week, 10/9/15
“Journalist Kate Harding, who possesses ‘a finely honed impatience with bull,’ has produced a valuable primer on sexual violence in America. It makes clear how rarely rapists are held accountable and how much damage is done by the popular beliefs that false rape accusations are common and that the line between consent and refusal is ambiguous. If the concept of ‘rape culture’ baffles you, this is the book to read.”
The F Word, 11/2/15
“[Harding’s] feminism is loud, proud and intersectional, and her writing is smart and amusing The book is a precise, in-depth, passionate and informed look at rape culture, exploring the ways it is manifest in everything from the justice system to the media. It both explains exactly how rape myths are perpetuated and celebrates the ways in which feminists are succeeding in the fight for real change It’s not just the topic and the information presented which is so necessary; Harding’s accessible, smart voice is just the right company for this heart-breaking material.”
“Harding tackles the topic [of rape culture] with fearless writing and plenty of humor.”