Keira Knightley has some terse words for Kate Middleton who recently made her first post-maternity leave appearance.
According to Cosmopolitan, the actress is not happy with the Duchess of Cambridge presented herself to the world hours after giving birth. And she shared this in the newly released feminist essay collection Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies), in which Keira wrote a piece called “The Weaker Sex,” sharing her disapproval for Kate’s post-baby look.
“We stand and watch the TV screen. She 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.”
And about her own experience in comparison, Keira writes:
“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?”
Clearly, Keira’s essay is meant to challenge the patriarchal culture that expects a woman to “snap back” right after childbirth and she feels Kate Middleton is enabling that culture by playing according to the handbook.
Or, what do you think?