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A Perfect Takedown Of 'She Was Asking For It'

06/09/2014 12:35 pm ET | Updated Jun 09, 2014

"Stop asking people's clothing to have sex with you, and start asking people."

That's the message behind Anna Binkovitz's slam poem, "Asking For It." Binkovitz, then a senior at Macalester College, performed the piece at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) in March 2014.

The powerful piece reaffirms that a woman's clothing has nothing to do with her sexual availability, and that to say someone was "asking for it" is unacceptable.

Binkovitz reasons, with a dash of comedy, that since none of us have special outfits that "ask for" salt at the dinner table or "ask for" the bus to stop, it's pretty ridiculous to claim that women wear outfits that "ask for sexual assault.

As Binkovitz puts it, "One of the chief perks of having sex with an adult is that if they want something, they can ask for it."

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