By Deb Waterhouse-Watson

Since footballer sexual attack turned best information in 2004, six years after the 1st case used to be said, a lot has been written within the information media approximately person circumstances, footballers and ladies who've intercourse with them. Deb Waterhouse-Watson unearths how media representations of contemporary sexual attack circumstances related to Australian footballers quantity to "trials by means of media", trials that lead to acquittal. The tales informed approximately footballers and ladies within the information media evoke stereotypes resembling 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 publication information how well known conceptions of masculinity and femininity tell the way in which footballers’ our bodies, staff bonding, girls, intercourse and alcohol are portrayed within the media, and connects tales on the subject of the instances with activities reporting commonly. Uncovering related styles of narrative, grammar and discourse throughout those targeted but similar fields, Waterhouse-Watson exhibits how those discourses are naturalised, with stories 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 options and elucidating the constraints outfitted into journalistic practices, and language itself.

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