By Deb Waterhouse-Watson
Since footballer sexual attack grew to become best information in 2004, six years after the 1st case was once stated, a lot has been written within the information media approximately person situations, footballers and girls who've intercourse with them. Deb Waterhouse-Watson finds how media representations of contemporary sexual attack instances related to Australian footballers quantity to "trials by way of media", trials that lead to acquittal. The tales instructed approximately footballers and ladies within the information media evoke stereotypes corresponding to the "gold digger", "woman scorned" and the "predatory woman", which forged doubt at the alleged sufferers’ claims and recommend that they're mendacity. Waterhouse-Watson calls this a "narrative immunity" for footballers opposed to allegations of sexual assault.
This booklet info how well known conceptions of masculinity and femininity tell the best way footballers’ our bodies, workforce bonding, girls, intercourse and alcohol are portrayed within the media, and connects tales when it comes to the instances with activities reporting ordinarily. Uncovering related styles of narrative, grammar and discourse throughout those unique but comparable fields, Waterhouse-Watson indicates how those discourses are naturalised, with reviews at the situations intertwining with broader discourses of soccer reporting to supply immunity. regardless of the superiority of reports that discredit the alleged sufferers, Waterhouse-Watson additionally examines makes an attempt to counter those pervasive rape myths, articulating profitable techniques and elucidating the restrictions outfitted into journalistic practices, and language itself.
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