By Deb Waterhouse-Watson
Since footballer sexual attack turned most sensible information in 2004, six years after the 1st case used to be mentioned, a lot has been written within the information media approximately person situations, footballers and girls who've intercourse with them. Deb Waterhouse-Watson unearths how media representations of modern sexual attack instances concerning Australian footballers volume to "trials through media", trials that lead to acquittal. The tales instructed approximately footballers and girls within the information media evoke stereotypes comparable 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 way in which footballers’ our bodies, group bonding, girls, intercourse and alcohol are portrayed within the media, and connects tales when it comes to the instances with activities reporting in most cases. Uncovering comparable styles of narrative, grammar and discourse throughout those certain 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 news that discredit the alleged sufferers, Waterhouse-Watson additionally examines makes an attempt to counter those pervasive rape myths, articulating winning ideas and elucidating the restrictions equipped into journalistic practices, and language itself.
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