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Kennerley still smarting about ‘breasts out’ remark from Sharp

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Kerri-Anne Kennerley

Tomorrow’s edition of The Australian Women’s Weekly tackles the hot button topic of whether women hate other women, with a particular focus on the media.

In the feature, reporter Ingrid Pyne speaks to a number of  prominent women in the media including Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Leigh Sales, Jacinta Tynan and Fiona Wood who tell her it’s often other women who are the nastiest especially when it comes to choosing between motherhood and careers.

The piece cites the criticism following this year’s Logie awards by the Daily Telegraph’s Annette Sharp who, according to the feature, accused several women of  “getting their breast outs in revealing dresses… in a flagrant bid to impress network executives.”

Kennerley tells the Weekly she is still smarting about the incident labelling it “hurtful, ill-informed and unresearched”.

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

Associate editor of the Australian Women’s Weekly Caroline Overington tells Mumbrella that she believe women are their own worst critics.

“Ask any woman who has managed to make something of a success of herself: her chief critics will often be other women,” said Overington.

“They’ll make snide comments about the way you look, the size of your bum, and whether or not you’ve got children. It’s vicious, and it’s nasty, and we wanted to explore the reasons why it’s so often women who try to tear other women down. It’s almost as if we think: if she’s at the top, there can’t be room for me. I better drag her down, so I can take my place.”

Overington says the piece was commissioned to help tackle the issue.

“It’s a real shame because we’re all in this together, trying to make the best lives for ourselves, in our careers and on the home front. We each want different things, and we all make different choices. Why do we have to be so catty about other women? ”

The story will be available in tomorrow’s edition of The Australian Women’s Weekly.

Nic Christensen 

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