January 16th, 2009
Footballers’ Wives: Bad Role Models?
The “WAGs as role models” debate continues:
This clip from the BBC features Caroline Jordan, headmistress of St George’s school in Ascot. She’s recently thrown down some fighting words about WAGs being terrible role models for young women, saying that a girl should work to be known for her own individual talents rather than who she’s married.
Snore. We think it’s time this argument was put to bed, don’t you?
Some women married to footballers have jobs and careers, whilst others like to party, drink and fall over whilst wearing designer-gear. Some work tirelessly to make topless modeling a recognized competitive sport, and many WAGs are single-handedly keeping the world’s retail economy afloat. As a debate, it’s all so 2006 post-World Cup.
The BBC presenter puts forward the idea that for some women, marrying a footballer with lots of money can actually be empowering. Indeed, we would most certainly feel empowered, if not extremely giddy, if we were presented with a chequebook with the name, Mrs. Casillas imprinted on it. Oh, yes we would.
WAG-cum-TV presenter, Lizzie Cundy argues that many footy wives she knows are very dedicated to their families and have careers of their own. She says, “They’re not like Amy Winehouse or Britney Spears, who are in and out of rehab… I mean, what is their worst crime, shopping?“
Your thoughts? Are you as non-plussed about this topic as we are?