Athletes, Sexual Assault, and "Trials by Media": Narrative by Deb Waterhouse-Watson

By Deb Waterhouse-Watson

Since footballer sexual attack turned most sensible information in 2004, six years after the 1st case was once suggested, a lot has been written within the information media approximately person situations, footballers and ladies who've intercourse with them. Deb Waterhouse-Watson unearths how media representations of contemporary sexual attack circumstances related to Australian footballers volume to "trials by means of media", trials that lead to acquittal. The tales instructed approximately footballers and ladies within the information media evoke stereotypes similar to the "gold digger", "woman scorned" and the "predatory woman", which solid 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, group bonding, ladies, intercourse and alcohol are portrayed within the media, and connects tales in relation to the situations with activities reporting in most cases. Uncovering related styles of narrative, grammar and discourse throughout those exact 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 suggestions and elucidating the constraints equipped into journalistic practices, and language itself.

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