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The place of scandal : Lara Bingle and Brendan Fevola

Lonie, Kate and Toffoletti, Kim 2012, The place of scandal : Lara Bingle and Brendan Fevola, Outskirts : feminisms along the edge, vol. 26, pp. 1-12.

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Title The place of scandal : Lara Bingle and Brendan Fevola
Alternative title The place of scandal : Lara Bingle and Brendan Fevola : (Report)
Author(s) Lonie, Kate
Toffoletti, Kim
Journal name Outskirts : feminisms along the edge
Volume number 26
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher University of Western Australia : Centre for Women's Studies
Place of publication Crawley, W.A.
Publication date 2012-05
ISSN 1326-7965
1445-0445
Keyword(s) scandal
football
celebrity
gender
sex
media
Summary Over the period of a few short weeks in 2010 Australian media coverage and public discussion was dominated by news of a ‘sex scandal’ involving two high-profile celebrities – Lara Bingle (model and then fiancée of the vice-captain of the Australian cricket team Michael Clarke), and the Australian rules football ‘bad boy’ Brendan Fevola. The scandal began with the publication of a pixellated photograph in the popular Australian women’s magazine, Woman’s Day, of a naked and apparently unconsenting Bingle in the shower, which was allegedly taken by Fevola during a brief affair years previously and distributed via his mobile phone. This article examines the constructions of women’s sexuality, gender and celebrity scandal in mainstream media coverage of this event. Attending to the Australian news media’s discursive constructions of Bingle’s sexual behaviour, this research begins to map the ways in which celebrity scandals in the mainstream media provoke wider debate about ‘gender appropriate’ conduct (sexual and otherwise).


Language eng
Field of Research 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, University of Western Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30048919

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