Keira Knightley just slammed Kate Middleton and fair enough
Keira Knightley has called out Duchess Kate Middleton for perpetuating a highly unrealistic image of childbirth to women around the world.
When Kate gave birth to her second child in 2015, Princess Charlotte, she was standing outside the hospital within hours, waving and smiling with her baby and husband looking a million bucks.
The day before, Keira had given birth to her own daughter, Edie - and compared the two experiences in an essay titled The Weaker Sex:
“We stand and watch the TV screen. She [Kate] was out of hospital seven hours later with her face made up and high heels on. The face the world wants to see.
“Hide. Hide our pain, our bodies splitting, our breasts leaking, our hormones raging. 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.”
While we’re positive the choice to pose for photogs hours after giving birth wasn’t Kate’s choice - it’s certainly an awful expectation to put on any mother - even a royal one.
Keira’s essay was dedicated “to my girl,” an begins with a graphic recollection of Edie’s birth.
“My vagina split.
“You came out with your eyes open. Arms up in the air. Screaming. They put you on to me, covered in blood, vernix, your head misshapen from the birth canal. Pulsating, gasping, screaming.
“You latched on to my breast immediately, hungrily, I remember the pain. The mouth clenched tight around my nipple, light sucking on and sucking out.
“I remember the s—, the vomit, the blood, the stitches. I remember my battleground. Your battleground and life pulsating. Surviving. And I am the weaker sex? You are?”
Keira’s essay is part of a collection called Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies), curated by the writer and cofounder of The Pink Protest, Scarlett Curtis.
She welcomed daughter Edie in 2015 with her husband James Righton, a musician from the band Klaxons.
She told Harper’s Bazaar in 2016 that “paternity leave should be the same as maternity leave”:
“You need to be a family unit, not just have the guy there for two weeks and then go back to work and the mother left desperately trying to figure it out.
“…I’ve become unbelievably aware of that and of how lucky I've been to be able to afford really good childcare, because otherwise it would be at least four years out of my career. I wouldn't be able to get back to where I had been if I'd taken four years out. I think that's the same for most women.”