PODCAST: The abuse of Tayla Harris is all too familiar

THE SOCIAL media abuse of AFLW star Tayla Harris was the straw that broke the camel's back, say Credit to the Girls podcast hosts Nat Edwards, Sarah Black and Lucy Watkin.

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Harris found herself at the centre of a media storm after an extraordinary action shot of her by AFL Media photographer Michael Willson attracted comments Edwards described as "abhorrent and disgusting".

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"What prompted this outpouring of support for Tayla is that we have all seen these comments over the past three years," Black said on the latest episode.

"It's constant, it never ends.

"It's an ongoing thing to say, 'Never read the comments under AFLW articles'. I don't read the comments under my articles anymore because I know what they're going to be. I never go to the Facebook comments in particular."

Watkin said many media organisations were scared to moderate comments because of concerns over freedom of speech.

"But some of things being said about Tayla Harris were so much bigger than that," she said.

"Some were sexual abuse, some were harassment, some were just blatant misogyny. And they are the ones you have to get rid of, because that's just not OK."

 

Also in this episode …

Sarah, Nat and Lucy preview the AFLW preliminary finals. With the home-and-away rounds complete it's time to ask: 'Has the conference system worked?' And the League's leading goalkicker, superstar Crow Stevie Lee-Thompson, joins the show with finals on her mind.

Episode guide

0:34 - Lucy turns 'Luke Parker'

01:45 – The good, bad and the ugly from round seven

06:40 – Let's be honest, the conference system hasn't worked

15:40 – What are the concessions for new clubs next year?

18:45 – Superstar Crow Stevie-Lee Thompson joins the show

32:10 - Previewing the prelims: three things to watch

39:20 – On the socials: dissecting the Tayla Harris furore