Thursday 22 February 2018

Sinead Kissane: Not all wags conform to tedious stereotype

Jessica greets Ronan after Munster’s Heineken Cup semi-final defeat
Jessica greets Ronan after Munster’s Heineken Cup semi-final defeat
Sinead Kissane

Sinead Kissane

I DON'T like the term wags. I don't know anyone who does. It can objectify wives and girlfriends and stereotype them as some kind of Balenciaga-carrying bunch who've bagged the star man. Some see them as another forum to voyeuristically grade women into Who's Hot. And Who's Hotter.

Not that the shenanigans in Baden-Baden during the 2006 FIFA World Cup did anything to straighten out that image about footballers' wives. In the media love-in, players' partners flashed the cash in the German city while their English husbands failed to cash in on their talent on the pitch. The women were all dressed up. But they had nothing to say.

It is a world away from the actions of one Irish woman this week. For once Ronan O'Gara's comments were outshone by someone else – his wife, Jessica. Her interview following the announcement of Ronan's retirement as a player carried a weight and resonance usually reserved for people like, well, her husband.

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