Sharp to KAK: Brandishing a vagina like a forcefield does not make you immune from the truth

Daily Telegraph columnist Annette Sharp has hit back at suggestions she is anti-women after TV presenter Kerri-Anne Kennerley told today’s Women’s Weekly she was still smarting after being included in an article about women over 50 showing off their cleavage at the Logies.

In her response, Sharp claims Kennerley lashed out after being in television wilderness and did not like to read the truth that she was out of contract.

“Now she may not like those words, but they are true. And speaking the truth, I would suggest, does not make one “anti-women”,” she wrote.

“Having a vagina should not make one immune to the truth. One should not brandish a vagina like a force field and expect a torrent of fawning, hyper-ventilating flattery in return.”

To do so, she writes, would be prejudicial and sexist.

Her original article about women over 50 who flashed ample cleavage at the Logies in a bid to get noticed by their bosses and the cameras was “hurtful, ill-informed and unresearched”, Kennerley told Ingrid Pyne at Women’s Weekly.

“It was just a dirty free kick,” Kennerley said.

“She wanted to imply that we hadn’t had children because we’d been too focused on our careers, but it was cleverly worded so that she had a get-out-of-jail free card.”

Sharp says she included Kennerley in the article because because she “had to move heaven and earth to get to the 2013 Logies – without a partner, without a network-supplied gown, and, for the first time in decades, without a TV contract.”

Liz Hayes of 60 Minutes, Susie Elelman, now on 2GB radio, and Network Ten’s Sandra Sully were also mentioned.

The topic of women in the media industry will be debated at next week’s Mumbrella360 conference.


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