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Slowly but surely, reality television has dominated the airwaves, and we, viewers, have witnessed our fair share of relationships unfold and crumble under the sallow lights of television-fame. The constant exposure, desire to intrigue and need to create “authentic” moments often causes gigantic rifts between friendships and couples…even within iconic relationships. Jon & Kate, Britney Spears & Kevin Federline and Hulk & Linda Hogan have all fallen victim to the side effects of lime-light living, but they aren’t the only ones.
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Okay so we kind of knew the whole trophy wife theory wasn’t totally baseless, but it was still sort of an unspoken element of business practices and decisions. Your spouse is a reflection of you, men who want to move up the corporate ladder should have an equal partner on their side—and it wouldn’t hurt if she was arm candy too—but I’m not sure it was ever understood to be the deciding factor in the hiring process, at least not openly.
Vanderbilt’s head football coach has blown the whole top off of this phenomenon with a comment he made during an appearance on 104.5 The Zone. James Franklin very calmly, and without reservation, told host Clay Travis that his candidate’s appearance isn’t the only thing he’s critiquing during the hiring process, he’s also checking out his wife.
“I’ve been saying it for a long time, I will not hire an assistant until I see his wife. If she looks the part and she’s a D1 recruit, then you got a chance to get hired. That’s part of the deal. There’s a very strong correlation between having the confidence, going up and talking to a women, and being quick on your feet and having some personality and confidence and being articulate and confident, than it is walking into a high school and recruiting a kid and selling him.”
I want to ride with Franklin on this because I somewhat like his point about men and confidence and approaching women, but the shallowness of what he’s saying is making it hard for me to fight the urge to gag. It’s clear from his comment that a D1 recruit is another word for barbie doll and men, but more so the women with them, are essentially being judged on how attractive they are as proof that a man didn’t just settle for any old woman, or God forbid care about her brain more than some other b words.
The Business Insider took a less superficial take on the role women play in their husband’s hiring process by pointing out that this element is more important the higher you climb in your career and the more male dominant the industry is.
“The general rule of thumb is that the spouse starts becoming a factor once you start getting into leadership positions, especially with smaller companies where great sacrifices might be required on the part of families—that’s when the hiring executive wants to meet Mrs. Candidate, more often than not to gauge whether she’ll be supportive of the sacrifices required, and also to sell her in to the promise of the role, etc.”
That I can stand behind, but when it comes to looks being used to prove a man is a true go-getter or more ambitious, I’m not feeling it.
What do you think about wives being judged as part of the hiring process in certain fields and for certain positions?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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Have you ever wondered why these reality shows that claim to document the lives of women married to high profile sports celebrities (hence, the term wives) never include actual women who are married? It’s a wonder, especially since we know a lot of these married women would love to get some of the attention too. Here are women who may fly under the radar as celebrities but who are nonetheless actually married to the NFL.
Tiffany Burress, wife of Plaxico Burress, who is the wide receiver for the New York Jets. Tiffany is also a personal injury lawyer. Many would remember the Burress name from that embarrassing incident in which he shot himself in the thigh at a New York city nightclub in 2008.
Yet another union chronicled on reality television has gone by the wayside. Former football and baseball superstar Deion Sanders has filed for divorce from his model/actress wife Pilar Sanders. You might recall that the couple had a reality show a couple years back on the Oxygen network. Pilar was also a castmember on Football Wives, Shaunie O’Neal’s gridiron version of her popular Basketball Wives series.
In a Hello Beautiful exclusive, Pilar said she was shocked by the whole thing:
It’s unfortunate that my husband decided to take this course of action…I’m surprised and hurt… As I said to my children, we must take a minute breath and Trust God.
Head over to Hello Beautiful to see what Pilar has been up to lately on the business front outside of reality television. Since she’ll be a single mom soon, she has to keep that income flowing in (beyond child support) and set a good example for her children in terms of being a confident, independent woman.
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Love them or hate them, it looks like reality shows will be sticking around for a long time into the future. Toni Braxton will soon be the latest celeb to star in her own reality show. It might actually be good too! She’s had a lot going on with her fairly recent divorce, her health issues, her second bankruptcy and her offer from Playboy to grace the cover. Braxton’s sisters will be joining her on the show too. We’re looking forward to seeing the series, but there are a few more celebs who we’d like to see with their own reality shows. Everybody else has one, why can’t they?
Chanita Foster, wife of NFL tackle George Foster and co-star of VH1’s reality show “Football Wives,” offered up a few words about athletes and cheating:
“A basketball wife has more opportunities to get cheated on than a football wife.The NBA has 84 games a year, that’s 42 opportunities [for a basketball player] to do what they want in another city. The NFL has a total of 16 games, and eight of them you leave on Saturday, play, and come back on Sunday. Basketball players can have a game, and then too much time and opportunity to be promiscuous, especially in cities like LA, Miami, and Atlanta where they arrive a week and a half before they have to play.”
This is useful information for fellow wives, but groupies just might be taking notes too.
See what else Chanita had to say about trusting her husband and the realities of being married to an athlete by clicking here.