By Deb Waterhouse-Watson

Since footballer sexual attack turned most sensible information in 2004, six years after the 1st case was once said, a lot has been written within the information media approximately person instances, footballers and girls who've intercourse with them. Deb Waterhouse-Watson finds how media representations of contemporary sexual attack circumstances regarding Australian footballers volume to "trials through media", trials that bring about acquittal. The tales advised 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, staff bonding, ladies, intercourse and alcohol are portrayed within the media, and connects tales in terms of the circumstances with activities reporting often. Uncovering related styles of narrative, grammar and discourse throughout those distinctive but comparable 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 reports that discredit the alleged sufferers, Waterhouse-Watson additionally examines makes an attempt to counter those pervasive rape myths, articulating winning techniques and elucidating the constraints outfitted into journalistic practices, and language itself.

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Strikingly, when seeking support for his arguments from sources outside football, Masters relies heavily on literary works—fictional stories—most frequently Shakespeare. A quote from Measure for Measure forms the basic premise of the whole book, appearing both in the text of the opening chapter and on the back cover: Most bad boys become settled citizens and you wonder whether their badness helped turn them good. Shakespeare expressed it best in Measure for Measure [sic]: ‘They say, best men are moulded out of faults, and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad’ (19).

Of what happened’ (233). Thus Noad’s assertion that ‘nothing happened’ contributes to the Point in the club and league’s overall narrative that the footballers are innocent, without the need to state it explicitly. Its coherence with other narratives and statements about the case generates semantic thickness, and makes this Point. As reported statements are generally brief, one of the most important ways in which they perform narrative functions is through the grammar and syntax employed to distribute blame and responsibility, as I explain below.

Thus wives are portrayed as complicit in their husbands’ behaviour and either openly supporting it or turning a blind eye and giving tacit approval. Having thus established the wives’ acceptance, Masters allows concern for the supposed danger that Predatory Women pose to players to be voiced through some of these Narrative Immunity 39 women. Claiming that wives ‘are universally attuned to groupies at home’ (76), Masters quotes Cathy Roach, a ‘lovely, caring, generous woman with innate Irish decency’ saying, ‘The groupies of today appear to be more aggressive than ever before’, and another football wife who spoke of the ‘issue .

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