Keira Knightley’s feminist essay about childbirth has been making headlines, albeit not in the way she had intended.
Knightley’s essay, written for a collection of feminist essays titled Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies), received backlash due to one section in which the “Bend It Like Beckham” star discusses Kate Middleton appearing before paparazzi hours after giving birth to Princess Charlotte, “with her face made up and high heels on. The face the world wants to see… Look beautiful. Look stylish, don’t show your battleground, Kate. Seven hours after your fight with life and death, seven hours after your body breaks open, and bloody, screaming life comes out. Don’t show. Don’t tell. Stand there with your girl and be shot by a pack of male photographers.”
According to The Mirror, Knightley responded to the controversy while attending the premiere of her new film “Colette” at the BFI London Film Festival, insisting she absolutely didn’t “shame” the Duchess of Cambridge.
“I think it’s very interesting that certain parts of the media have, I don’t want to say purposefully, but let’s just say misrepresented my meaning and exactly what I said,” Knightley said, via the Press Association.
“So I would suggest to those people in the media that they reread the entirety of the essay and not just take one bit out of it because the comments that I made are completely about our culture that silences women’s truths and forces us all to hide and I absolutely did not shame anybody in any way, in fact quite the opposite,” she continued.
“So I would say to everybody, there is a wonderful book out at the moment, it’s called Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies) and I suggest if you want to know about this then you should actually read the essay and all the others in the book,” she added, “and the wonderful thing is that all the proceeds go to Girl Up, which is a phenomenal UN foundation which gives money to organizations that are supporting girls’ education, girls’ safety and girls’ leadership in developing countries.”