For Fact's Sake podcast: Why do women footballers still face so much abuse online? 4

For Fact’s Sake podcast: Why do women footballers still face so much abuse online?

As the World Cup reaches its climax, For Fact’s Sake podcast looks at the abuse that some women footballers face online.

We spoke to Dr Beth Fielding-Lloyd from Sheffield Hallam University, an expert on women’s sport and its representations in media.

She explained how abuse suffered by women footballers differs from men, how certain ‘trigger’ events can lead to misogynistic pile-ons, and why myths and misinformation about women’s sport stoke the hateful abuse that athletes and pundits face.

Elsewhere in the podcast, Ali and Paul look at a dodgy claim about the education attainmemt gap in Scotland, and have a look at some myths about dieting and exercise.

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Show notes:

  • Dr Fielding-Lloyd’s research on ‘trigger events’ that lead to pile-ons of gendered online abuse is here.
  • Our fact check on the attainment gap is here.

Photo credit: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0

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