Pregnant Aussie WAGs get "nervous" about red carpet events
Shaun Burgoyne's wife Amy admitted that all the wives and girlfriends find the event "stressful" because they are expected to look like supermodels when they're actually "just normal, regular girls".
"(It) did nothing but further objectify the WAGs and undo any good work that has been achieved to clean up the sexist pressures (they) have faced."
Victorian Women's Trust policy officer Sarah Capper agreed, saying: "It reduces the partners to comparisons on a yum cha menu."
"If the stupid 'Fashion Police' are going to be at next year's Brownlow NO WAY will I be attending," she (Haylea Cooney) tweeted last week.
She said players' partners felt a lot of pressure in the lead-up to the event because of the focus on the red carpet.
"The (critics) can be pretty tough," she said before the event. "We are not models. I am a mum ... I have never done any modelling," the mother-of-three said.
Several high-profile AFL players took to Twitter to defend the WAGs. "No females will ever want to go to the Brownlow after hearing what these blowers have to say about them," tweeted Collingwood's Travis Cloke during the telecast.
Opinion article from Celeste Liddle
"Sometimes, embedded sexism is more subtle. Take the annual Brownlow Award night coverage. Every year, red carpet commentators state how Brownlow night is “the ladies' chance to shine”. If this were true, then wouldn't we instead be watching televised coverage of the awards night for the Victorian Women's Football League? What the commentators really mean here is that the women accompanying the players; or “WAGs” as they are disrespectfully referred to; will be admired for their choice in garments and will be invited to parade said garments by posing or, occasionally, by standing on a turntable. The next day, they will have their appearance graded out of 10 by the tabloids. To the AFL, the commercial stations, the tabloid newspapers and the general public who lap up, it is clear that women “shining” equates to women looking good. The individual accomplishments of these women is irrelevant."