Unsporting Standards

Month: August 2018

Unsporting Standards

This past week has seen the beginning of the Tennis U.S Open, one of the four major tennis tournaments each calendar year. The world’s best come to compete in these matches, and thus it was no surprise that the world number 38, Alize Cornet, was playing. In her first round match, heading into the third and final set, Cornet changed her shirt on court, and received a formal warning from the umpire. Changing shirts on court is done by male tennis players all the time. It was 38 degrees Celsius. She was wearing a perfectly respectable sports bra underneath….

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Sports Spotlight: Workout Routines

WELCOME YET AGAIN TO ANOTHER WEEK OF SPORTS SPOTLIGHT. EVERY WEEK, AS YOUR INQUIRE SPORTS WEBSITE EDITOR, I WILL BE TAKING ON A NEW SPORTING ACTIVITY FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE INTERESTED IN DANCING INTO SOMETHING NEW. OR THOSE JUST TRYING TO WORK OUT WHAT SPORT IS FOR YOU. THESE ARTICLES WILL BE UPLOADED EVERY SATURDAY/SUNDAY (APOLOGIES FOR THE DELAY THIS WEEK, TECHNICAL ISSUES), WITH TOP TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE A MASTER THE CHOSEN SPORT. THIS WEEK IS… WORKOUT ROUTINES. From gym classes to online videos, the best thing about workouts is that while you’re working out, you’re also having…

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Tokyo Tea Rooms: Guilt by Appropriation?

While the impulse to defend minority cultures from theft and exploitation is a noble and important pursuit, compassion should never be made the justification of light thinking and heavy condemnation. The concept ‘cultural appropriation’ itself is a term so dependent on this impulse that it fails to have a coherent definition. This is evident from how it is employed, and how it is essentially different from similar but more important concepts. First of all, it is clearly distinct from cultural theft, as this is the physical taking of an aspect of culture so as to leave the owners without it. This…

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Tokyo Tea Rooms & the Case of Cultural Appropriation

A new nightclub venue going by the name “Tokyo Tea Rooms” has just opened up in Canterbury, causing some controversy online when it posted pictures from its opening night of women in “yellowface” as Japanese geishas. The venue has been targeted as an example of “cultural appropriation”, and the reasoning behind this is understandable. However, this author argues that the Tea Rooms do not necessarily contribute any harm to the actual country of Japan, and therefore questions the severity of the racism present in its cultural appropriation. It’s easy to argue that Tokyo Tea Rooms is a case of…

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The start of Canterbury Women’s Lacrosse Club

Women’s lacrosse is an under-appreciated game in the U.K, the sport being non-accessible to many individuals, especially women’s lacrosse. That’s about to change. With new clubs being opened in different county, Kent is about to join that list by opening up a Women’s Lacrosse Club in Canterbury. To get the lowdown on this new club and the embrace of women’s lacrosse, I, your sports editor, has interviewed Isabella Ebdon-Price, the founder of this new Club. Q. What makes a lacrosse club different from a university lacrosse team? Bella: Although Uni lacrosse can be serious at times, you tend to have…

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