Pride and Prejudice star Kiera Knightley announced that she will not act in another sex scene that is directed by a man. She said that she does not feel comfortable with the “male gaze,” which is a term that describes how men use the camera to sexualize women.
Knightley added that she would still be willing to star in love scenes directed by a woman, but she is no longer interested in performing naked in front of a group of men.
“It’s partly vanity and also it’s the male gaze,” the Pirates of the Caribbean star said on the Chanel Presents podcast. “If I was making a story that that’s what it’s about, it was about that journey of motherhood and body acceptance — and I feel like, I’m sorry, but that would have to be with a female filmmaker — I don’t have an absolute ban. But I kind of do with men.”
She continued, “I don’t want it to be those horrible sex scenes where you’re all greased up and everybody is grunting. I’m not interested in doing that. I feel very uncomfortable now trying to portray the male gaze. Saying that, there’s times where I go, ‘Yeah, I completely see where this sex would be really good in this film and you basically just need somebody to look hot.’ So therefore you can use somebody else, because I’m too vain and the body has had two children now and I’d just rather not stand in front of a group of men naked.”
Feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey popularized the term “male gaze,” arguing that male filmmakers transform women into passive objects of their sexual desire. But she also claimed that women can also be guilty of the “male gaze” by internalizing the way men look at women.
Keira Knightley said in 2019 that the best sex scene she ever shot was in Atonement.
“The best sex scene I’ve done onscreen is the one in Atonement, on the bookshelf. It was both the best sex scene, but also [the best] to shoot,” she told Vulture. She said director Joe Wright choreographed the scene “within an inch of its life.” As a result, she and co-star James McAvoy “felt utterly comfortable and not exposed, and like we could deal with it. It’s never gonna be fun, but we could deal with it.”
The two-time Oscar nominee has stated that she prefers to act in period filmsbecause in modern-day movies, the female characters “nearly always get raped.”
“I don’t really do films set in the modern-day because the female characters nearly always get raped,” Knightley said in 2018. “I always find something distasteful in the way women are portrayed, whereas I’ve always found very inspiring characters offered to me in historical pieces.”
Trending Political News
Amazon, Owned By WaPo Owner Bezos, Slams Mail-In Voting On Unionization Vote
Amazon, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, is trying to block mail-in voting for a unionization vote at an Alabama warehouse.
Amazon has filed an appeal challenging the decision by the National Labor Relations Board, which is permitting a mail-in vote due to the risks of contracting COVID-19 from in-person voting, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
WATCH: ‘Incited An Erection’ - Chuck Schumer Gets Excited About Trump's Role in Capitol Breach
It seems to be contagious.
No, we are not speaking of the deadly coronavirus, but a much more prosaic and hilarious faux pas: saying President Trump incited an “erection” at the U.S. capitol.
Biden Stops Trump Order To Slash Price Of Insulin, EpiPen
President Joe Biden’s United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday stopped executive orders from his predecessor designed to significantly lower prescription drug prices for Americans, including insulin and epinephrine.
The new administration will apparently re-evaluate the executive action from President Donald Trump toward the end of March. It remains unclear if it will be reinstated.
Hundreds Of National Guardsmen Test Positive For Covid, Quarantine After Capitol Duty
There are already hundreds of National Guard troops who have reportedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus who have been forced to quarantine since serving to secure the inauguration of President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C., which took place on Wednesday.
Three Guard sources told POLITICO that hundreds of Guard members have already tested positive for Covid-19 or are quarantining in nearby hotels.
Unions Have Buyers Remorse on Biden Already After Killing Keystone XL
Unions that delighted in pushing Joe Biden for president during the presidential campaign in 2020 are condemning his decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline.
On Wednesday, Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, killing an estimated 11,000 American jobs. “TC Energy Corporation, the Canadian company behind the Keystone XL pipeline project, said they would cut more than 11,000 jobs,” The Blaze reported.
33 Missing Children Found In Southern California As Part Of ‘Operation Lost Angels’
A multi-day operation by multiple agencies found 33 missing children in southern California, many of whom were sexually exploited.
The FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office announced the success of “Operation Lost Angels” on Friday, saying the operation began on January 11 and involved “more than two dozen partner agencies,” including law enforcement and non-governmental agencies.
Texas Sues Biden Over HIs Insane Approach to Deportations: Will ‘Endanger Our Citizens And Law Enforcement’
Texas sued the federal government on Friday after President Joe Biden ordered deportations of illegal immigrants halted for the first 100 days of his administration.
As one of his first acts in office, Biden halted deportations for most illegal immigrants for the first 100 days of his term as his administration looks to roll back former President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit against the federal government citing an agreement the state struck with the Department of Homeland Security in the final days of the Trump administration.
Illinois Governor Eases Lockdown Restrictions - What Changed?
Like clockwork, another Democrat governor who placed severe restrictions on their state has begun easing lockdowns now that President Joe Biden was inaugurated.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday that Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-IL) has lifted some coronavirus restrictions in Chicago, allowing restaurants and bars that serve food to reopen for indoor services at 25% capacity.
Native American Tribe Condemns Biden Administration’s Secretarial Order
On Thursday, January 21, the day after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, a Native American tribe issued a blistering letter to Biden’s Acting Secretary of the Interior, Scott de la Vega, blasting his Secretarial Order No. 3395. As Energy In Depth reports, the Order “temporarily suspends delegations of authority regarding leasing and permitting on federal lands, with a significantly reduced staff able to approve such items. This order does not halt leasing or existing development, and at its face is a temporary measure, but is certain to create bottlenecks that last well-beyond the 60-day limit on the order.”
De la Vega started serving on January 21, and will remain in an interim capacity until Biden’s nominee, Deb Haaland, is confirmed. The Department of the Interior defended Order No. 3395 by writing, “The Order does not impact existing ongoing operations under valid leases and does not preclude the issuance of leases, permits and other authorizations by those specified. In addition, any actions necessary in the event of an incident that might pose a threat to human health, welfare, or safety will continue.”