On Saturday rumours circulated that some supporters at Bramall Lane would pay tribute to Evans with handclaps in the ninth and 35th minutes of the game (corresponding to his shirt number and goals he has scored this season). Apparently this was a damp squib with few taking part, but the fact it was suggested at all was because of the widespread support for a convicted rapist among the football fraternity.
Absence of widespread support is evidence of widespread support.
When footballers go to brothels, have women delivered to hotel rooms, visit lap-dancing clubs, or “harvest” local girls to line them up for group sex parties, it is not seen as evidence of misogyny.
Women who hang around hotels looking to pick up footballers are viewed as “goal-diggers” and groupies. Players view them with contempt and they are painted as slags who have no other purpose in life than to marry a rich man.
Perhaps it isn’t evidence of misogyny. Perhaps it’s evidence that young women offer sex to the males they perceive, however strangely, to have status in their society.