Hmmm … this sports website has a whole bunch of features on various athletes’ “WAGs” (wives and girlfriends) — including the “hottest” WAGs of college sports as well as professional golf, tennis, etc.
Of course, there is no comparable “HABs” (husbands and boyfriends) section on this website, despite the fact that women athletes exist and compete at all levels of sports, from college to professional. Nor are there any lesbian couples featured in the WAGs section.
In other words, female spouses get treated like public sexual objects; male spouses, not so much. Inversely, male athletes gain in prestige according to the “hotness” of their “WAG”, who are displayed like a trophy. Female athletes, on the other hand, are themselves judged according to their own “hotness,” while that of their male spouse is deemed irrelevant.
Can you say, sexist?
NCAA wives and girlfriends have historically never received much attention in the media. However, it appears that has all changed with social media web sites, such as Twitter, taking over the internet.
Anytime a hot wife or girlfriend appears in the stands during their significant other’s collegiate game, it is instantly trending on the internet. Brent Musburger single-handedly made Katherine Webb a household name, and jumpstarted her career in the process. Now, it appears other hot WAGs want to be the next big thing to appear on television.
It was pretty clear no team was prepared for the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles in the earlier rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. However, what no one was really ready for was Andy Enfield’s model wife to appear in the stands. If college basketball was not already the most watched sport in the month of March, Amanda Marcum shot it to the top of the list. March Madness will never be the same after this year. Hopefully, UCLA can make a solid run during the 2013-14 so that Marcum will get more television coverage. At least her image has been plastered in enough places to fill the time until she makes another appearance next season.