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

By Deb Waterhouse-Watson

Since footballer sexual attack grew to become most sensible information in 2004, six years after the 1st case was once stated, a lot has been written within the information media approximately person instances, footballers and ladies who've intercourse with them. Deb Waterhouse-Watson finds how media representations of modern sexual attack situations concerning Australian footballers quantity to "trials via media", trials that bring about acquittal. The tales advised approximately footballers and ladies within the information media evoke stereotypes reminiscent of 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 ebook info how renowned conceptions of masculinity and femininity tell the way in which footballers’ our bodies, crew bonding, girls, intercourse and alcohol are portrayed within the media, and connects tales in terms of the situations with activities reporting mostly. Uncovering comparable styles of narrative, grammar and discourse throughout those distinctive but similar fields, Waterhouse-Watson indicates how those discourses are naturalised, with experiences at the instances 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 outfitted into journalistic practices, and language itself.

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