Category: Magazines


When Saturday Comes in peril should bother everyone who cares about football | Barney Ronay

The only independent national football magazine to make it through the game’s boom times is now in need of a lifeboatWho are the good guys anyway? It can be hard to tell. Compromise, commercial interests, good intentions cut with contradictions. Profes…


Sorry, but Sports Illustrated’s Swimwear Issue is still showcasing sex, not beauty | Marina Hyde

The American magazine is being disingenuous if it thinks the use of one burkini-clad Muslim model will ‘shatter perceptions’As a huge fan of all attempts to complexify the men’s magazine market, I couldn’t be more moved by the latest gambit by Sports I…


Time’s recognition of Mohamed Salah helps confront prejudice: Jürgen Klopp

• US magazine puts Liverpool striker among 100 ‘most influential’• ‘He’s a role model in so many different things,’ says managerJürgen Klopp has welcomed Time magazine’s recognition of Mohamed Salah as an important step in confronting the prejudice tha…


Shoot, Match and the glory days of football magazines for teenagers

In the pre-internet age, football magazines featuring zany interviews and joke columns sold up to 250,000 copies a weekBy Mike Henson for The Set Pieces, part of the Sport NetworkGareth Southgate is sitting opposite a reporter. Southgate is polite, bor…


Heather Watson tells online trolls: sport isn’t about looking perfect

Tennis player sends defiant message to critics of her appearance, saying women need to feel comfortable in their own skin

The British tennis player Heather Watson has spoken out against online abuse she has received over her weight and appearance and urged other women to “feel comfortable in their own skin”.

Watson, 25, won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon last year but received abuse after she lost in the first round of the singles having failed to convert three match points against the German player Annika Beck.

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‘We must continue to dream big’: an open letter from Serena Williams

Writing for Porter Magazine’s Incredible Women of 2016 issue, the tennis star takes aim at the barriers that still hold women athletes back

• How feminists embraced the radical open letter

To all incredible women who strive for excellence,

When I was growing up, I had a dream. I’m sure you did, too. My dream wasn’t like that of an average kid, my dream was to be the best tennis player in the world. Not the best “female” tennis player in the world.

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Serena Williams and US Vogue’s cliche-free cover

The tennis star’s appearance on the cover of the iconic fashion magazine is hugely welcome for any fan of diversity in fashion. But the way she has been portrayed – in colour and without tennis gear – is also worth noting

It’s not remarkable that Serena Williams is on the April cover of US Vogue, despite what you might think. Yes, the styling is remarkably minimal: teal Rag & Bone dress, singular bracelet, hair fizzing with movement and a suggestion of makeup on her grand-slam scowl, very gently Photoshopped if at all. And, yes, she is black. But it’s also her second cover – she faux-jogged in a gold swimsuit on the June 2012 issue with US athletes Ryan Lochte & Hope Solo. Plus, as a tennis pro, with 19 major tournament wins under her belt, she’s an obvious choice for US editor Anna Wintour, a vocal and visible tennis fan. Wintour also hasn’t had a white model on an April cover since 2010.

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Magazine sorry for ‘racially offensive’ description of Indigenous surfer

Surfing Life issues unreserved apology for article that describes Otis Carey’s face as ‘apeish’


Fashion may be expensive – but so is football

A Prada coat and a Premier League season ticket are both pricey – but because the football is aimed at men, it’s not dismissed as frivolous

What is the point of covering the fashion shows in the newspaper? Ninety-nine per cent of readers can’t and won’t buy those ridiculously expensive clothes.

Donald, by email

I have been writing about fashion for this paper for 13 years now and far be it for me to correct Woody Allen (except, perhaps, in his convenient assumption that the only reason anyone including Mia Farrow would object to his relationship with Soon Yi is because of the age gap) but I have learned that there are three things which are always certain:

1. Death

2. Taxes

3. Guardian readers complaining about the price, coverage and sometimes the very existence of fashion.

These complaints come in many forms – emails, letters, tweets, below-the-line comments – and I try to reply to all of them. So forgive me, if you have already seen one of my responses to these grievances, and there will be some repetition here. But it seemed worthwhile to address them all in one column.

First, why cover fashion? Few things have surprised me in my job as much as the surprise of some readers that fashion is covered. It’s stupid, they cry! It’s silly, they roar! Nobody cares, they wail! What frustrating lives these people must lead if they think the only subjects that should be covered are ones in which they have an interest. My own interests are exceedingly narrow – 80s films; 90s TV; the novels of Curtis Sittenfeld and Melissa Bank; the essays of David Foster Wallace, David Sedaris and David Rakoff; my dog – but even shallow ol’ me accepts that other people have different interests. Furthermore, these people have as much right to find coverage of their subjects as I do of mine. Yes, I wish there was more coverage of Saved By the Bell in this paper and, yes, I do find it frustrating that valuable newspaper real estate that could be devoted to the greatest hits of AC Slater is instead given over to coverage of unimportant things such as football – but I deal with it, because I know other people are interested in football. So what I’m saying here is: try to develop some empathy and accept not everyone is interested – or uninterested – in the same things as you.

Next, the expense. Yes, some fashion is very expensive – so, incidentally, is football but I have yet to see a single comment beneath a football column bewailing how much Manchester United pays its players every week, or even how much a Chelsea season ticket costs, but that, apparently, is by the bye. Some people are lucky enough to treat themselves occasionally to a bit of high fashion, but that really is not the point of featuring fashion in a newspaper. You see, the difference between fashion coverage in a newspaper and a catalogue is that a newspaper is not telling you to buy the clothes. It is simply showing them. It is no more telling you to buy them than it is telling you to buy the latest iPhone when it covers various Apple launches. It often seems to me that when readers express outrage at high-end clothes being featured in a newspaper (or supplement magazine) what they actually feel is attacked. They think the newspaper is suggesting that they buy the £2,000 Prada coat or the £1,500 Saint Laurent handbag and they think the paper has forgotten its roots and is now only interested in wealthy readers. Dear readers, let me assure you this simply is not the case. High fashion is a big business, and as distasteful as the luxury market might be to some readers’ sensibility, to pretend it doesn’t exist would be like pretending – to return to an earlier analogy – Apple doesn’t exist. Moreover, as I believe I alluded to earlier, a lot of people have an interest in it in a way that has nothing to do with wanting to buy it. It’s like how some people (crazy people) enjoy watching expensive cars go round and round on Top Gear, and they want to know what the latest car models are, but they have no real interest in buying those cars – they just like to look at them. It’s exactly the same thing with fashion shoots and trends. Think of them as being like Top Gear, without Jeremy Clarkson. Yes, some fashion is insanely overpriced, but often the prices reflect the workmanship required to make the clothes and it would be ridiculous for fashion writers (and beauty writers, food writers, travel writers, or anyone, really) to pretend that expensive, nice things don’t exist just because most people can’t afford them. I can’t afford to eat at Heston Blumenthal’s latest restaurant, but I still want Marina O’Loughlin to tell me what it’s like.

Finally, fashion itself. Yes, there are lots of elements of the fashion industry that are disgusting and I have discussed plenty of them over the years: the racism, the ageism, the eating disorders, the elitism. But that does not mean that fashion itself should be scorned and the fact that some people feel so free to do so suggests, as I have said before, strong sexism at play here. Football (yes, I’m going here again) is hardly the most intellectual of pursuits and suffers from many of the same problems as fashion, with added homophobia, but because it is aimed primarily at men, it is seen as an essential pastime. Fashion is aimed primarily at women and therefore dismissed as frivolous.

A final word of advice from my best friend Carol, who told me this years ago and it rings as true as it ever did. You don’t like fashion? You feel attacked by the high prices? Guess what? Not everything is about you, sweetheart.

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Radio Times encouraging listeners to take in chess through the ear | Media

Chess … on the radio. BBC Radio 4 is getting round the obvious drawback of the game of kings not producing a lot of actual, um … sound with the clever wheeze of having Dominic Lawson interview his opponent across the chessboard during their match. A chesserview, if you will. The BBC has tried chess on the radio before, 50-odd years ago, with Radio Times writer Christopher Holme providing helpful hints for listeners planning to tune in. “As a subject for the sound medium, chess has obvious difficulties.” Yes, go on. “Many of these programmes will be a of a kind which can be taken in by any listener through the ear alone; for others, diagrams will be provided in Radio Times (see page 34); but there will be some few programmes which can be fully enjoyed and appreciated only by the listener who has his board and men set up in front of him.” Holme expresses the hope that “chess-players of all classes will not only listen but also compete”, as chess by radio will only succeed with the “fullest participation of the audience up and down the country”. You don’t get a lot of sentences constructed along the lines of “taken in by any listener through the ear alone” these days, more’s the pity. So stand by your boards, people – but radio chess will still have to go some to compete with the thrills and spills of the World Championship Stare-out Finals. © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds


Swiss magazine censured for ‘distortion’

Switzerland’s press council has upheld a complaint against a magazine that used a cover picture of a Roma boy waving a gun with the headline “The Roma are coming: raids in Switzerland.”The council censured the Zurich weekly Weltwoche for “distortion” a…