What Did Keira Knightley Say About Feminism?

I became obsessed with Keira Knightley along with the rest of the world when I first saw her in Love Actually. I thought she was so cool. Then I became even more obsessed with her in Pirates Of The Caribbean with her portrayal of Elizabeth Swan, who was a total badass. I also am really into pirate history so it was a win-win.

I’ve followed her career for quite some time. Someone told me she was one of my celebrity doppelgangers, and I nearly died. After seeing Atonement, I didn’t think anything could change my love for Keira.

But then she said something about feminism in an interview with Harpers Bazaar UK.

“I think it’s great, what’s happening at the moment, I think it’s great that the discussions are finally being allowed to be had, as opposed to anybody mentioning feminism and everybody going, ‘oh, ‘expletive’ shut up’. Somehow, it became a dirty word. I thought it was really weird for a long time, and I think it’s great we’re coming out of that.”

YAS. When I said I didn’t think my love could change, I meant I didn’t think I could love her any more. I was so, so wrong. Instead of being afraid of the word feminism like Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry or not really understanding the point of feminism like Taylor Swift, Keira gets it.

It’s always refreshing to hear a well-known celeb call themselves a feminist instead of doing the whole “Well, I don’t know” bit. Feminism isn’t a dirty word. It’s an awesome word, and it’s an awesome thing. People are so afraid to identify with feminism because of the misconceptions behind it, but the point is, if you think the sexes should be treated equally, you are a feminist. You can take this handy “Are you a feminist?” quiz to find out if you need more than that.

We’ve been trying for some time to get everyone to realize that being a feminist isn’t a bad thing. Because it’s not. You should never feel ashamed for being a feminist and feel like you can’t say that you are one. Like we’ve said time and time again, being a feminist does not mean you have to burn your bra (although sometimes I know you want to because bras can be really annoying) or hate all men. It doesn’t mean you can’t be sexy or wear pink. It doesn’t mean you can’t let a guy pay for a date or open a door for you.

Take a page from the book of Keira and don’t be afraid to call yourself a feminist. Keira did it, Lorde did it, Beyonce did it. It’s okay to say it, I promise.
What do you think about Keira’s comments? Do you agree or disagree? Are you afraid to call yourself a feminist? Tell us in the comments!

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  • SamieJ

    To respond to Ames, everything has not been won. That is what the media and society would like you to believe. If women and men truly had equal rights, which is the goal of feminism, then women would not be making 77 cents to every dollar a man makes. It is even lower for Afican American women and Latina women also. If we had equal rights, there would not be so much violence towards women. Why does a man get to walk free or receive barely any punishment while a women is victimized, shamed, and blamed by society for getting raped when it was never her fault. Yeah, you can live in your bubble and believe that all has been won for women when it hasn’t. We have improved but we still have a long way to go. For example, getting the Equal Rights Amendment would be a huge step towards women’s rights but even to this day the law has not been passed because of a few stubborn states who refuse to ratify it. The issue with women’s rights is, in many ways, same thing with racism. People believe that society is better but there is so much institutionalized racism in our society that you would be shocked. So please do not be naive and believe that women have completely achieved equal rights to men.

  • Jeanne

    I agree with Amee, 100%. The definition of feminism is being inaccurately portrayed everywhere. It’s not about equality for women anymore, it’s about being on top or ahead of men for every aspect in life.

    And Caitlin and the other bloggers are correct: feminism is about equality, not about hating men or not wearing pink or anything else. BUT feminists nowadays, or at least ones that I’ve seen put up on a pedestal, are portraying the *incorrect* definition of it, and that’s what annoys me about certain feminists.

  • Amee

    Feminism isn’t a “dirty” word, it’s an annoying word. We have equality, so why is it still happening? Feminism now is pretty much about overtaking men and being more valued, and it’s stupid and completely against the original point. Feminism isn’t about equality now, it’s about superiority, and should be stopped.

    • fiverosestea

      it’s really sad seeing women put feminism down…
      it is kinda like you are blind to your own oppression. do you really think women are treated and valued equally in the world? do you really?

    • awkwardGal22

      Feminism is NOT about taking over men. In this world we are still not equal. Young girls at ages of 6 in places like the Middle East are being forced into prostitution. Girls as young as 10 are marrying 50 year old men. Some girl the exact same age as YOU is still not allowed to have an education, she is nothing, sold to men for the price of a horse, and you still think this world is equal? This is the same for a little boy. Feminism is about equality not just here in well developed countries, but all over the world. You may be blind, but you need to open your eyes.

    • Ana

      You’re wrong. We don’t have equality. Women are still receiving less pay than men for the same jobs, if you’ve decided to keep up on current events. If you seriously think we have equality, like Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted, you’re wrong. If there was equality, there would be no need for activists of any sort, whether they fight for women’s rights, or for the illegal using of abortion, or for he environment,or for animals.

  • Faith

    aw. She’s amazing.

  • Ashy

    Feminism expressed on this website annoys me.

    • awkwardGal22

      Get over it

    • Ana

      Then don’t read the articles that talk about feminism.