Keira Knightley Pens Essay Criticizing Kate Middleton’s Post-Birth Appearance For Hiding The Reality Of Childbirth

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, gave birth to her third child this past April. She made multiple appearances outside the Lindo Wing of Saint Mary’s Hospital, one right after giving birth. Of course, she looked flawless in each of them. It helps to be a member of the royal family.

But now, Oscar nominated actress Keira Knightley is pushing back at these photos for giving women “unrealistic expectations” of what they should look like after giving birth. Knightley penned an essay entitled “The Weaker Sex” for a collection called Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies), curated by Scarlett Curtis, who co-founded The Pink Protest.

Knightley writes…

“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.”

But some were not here for what Knightley had to say…

Many pointed out that appearances are part of the job description of being in the royal family…

But many pointed out that Knightley had a point, and wasn’t exactly criticizing the Duchess, but was criticizing the systems of oppression that made such an orchestrated appearance necessary…

Veronica summed it up by saying this…

The text in the screenshot reads…

“People should read Keira’s full letter before to [sic] hate her. Her statement is very misunderstood at the moment by everyone. She said that people, especially the media, expect a false reality from every woman. If women don’t act in the way the media wants they are criticized. Either because they don’t wear makeup or either because their body is not fully recovered after birth. So, again, if you read her full essay, she doesn’t hate on Kate, she feels bad for her because of the pressure the society put on royal women, to always look perfect, even after childbirth, because that’s how the protocol is! So instead of saying ‘Keira Knightley slams Kate Middleton’ you should say ‘Keira Knightley slams the British protocol’!!”

Most people can get behind a critique of the system, which was, afterall, Knightley’s point.

H/T: People, Twitter