Malcolm MacLean

Language complaints in inter-school netball expose New Zealand’s settler colonialism

New Zealand does a good job of presenting itself as an inclusive, moral place grappling with the challenges of its past and confronting the consequences of being a colony of settlement. It is…

Asking “who made my clothes?” looks behind Nike’s celebration of women athletes

Over the last few days of February and beyond Nike’s most recent ad in its ‘Crazy’ series has gone viral in ways most film makers only ever dream of, with over 7 million…

Beyond the gender boundary

As the (northern) summer of 2018 has drawn to a close, there has been extensive media discussion of women’s bodies – not that that is unusual: all manner of media platforms are sites…

When lost ‘Ladies’ matter, but an omitted ‘Women’s’ matters more

The recent decision by the Arsenal Football Club to rename its ‘Ladies’ team Arsenal Women’s Football Club (as in cricket, golf and tennis, ‘Ladies’ remains the preferred label for women’s games and institutions), and…

Rugby cuts show fragility of women’s place in sports marked ‘masculine’

After a weekend of English women’s sport success, the Rugby Football Union reminds us that the inroads to guy-space are fragile. The weekend of 22/23 July was a pretty good couple of days…

Missing the point over burkinis, breastfeeding and the myths of testosterone

The northern summer of 2016 was marked by some unexpectedly intense politics. Summer is not usually a time for ontological debate, but this past summer two policy decisions and the subsequent news and…

Refugees and the absence of fun make for Olympian sadness, with a hint of anger

As we near the end of the first week of that biennial orgy of corporate delight known b(u)y many as the Olympic Games I’m left wondering, as so often happens around this time,…

Trolling, Just Not Sports and the failure of governance

On several occasions this week a film has edged its way into one of my networked media feeds, and on one occasion into the legacy world of hard copy print media. This short…

Doing history in the mainstream: challenging the neo-liberal university

For the second successive year I have spent a late February weekend at the International Sports and Leisure History Colloquium at Manchester Metropolitan University. What’s more, I have been again as a civilian…

Marketisation and the academy’s role in sport’s moral crisis

There are few who could doubt that élite competitive sport and its institutions are in a state of moral crisis. Most obviously, we have corruption scandals in FIFA where many of its international…