Referring to former State Department Director of Policy Planning Anne-Marie Slaughter – who left her job to put the needs of her family ahead of her career – Knightley says, “I’m glad that the subject is coming up again. I remember doing interviews, and people would ask, as if it was a joke, ‘So you mean you are a feminist?’ As though feminism couldn’t be discussed unless we were making fun of it. I don’t want to deny my femininity.”
Knightley – who is engaged to Klaxons keyboardist James Righton – adds, “But would I want to be a stay-at-home mother? No. On the other hand, you should be allowed to do that, as should men, without being sneered at.”
As for her new movie Anna Karenina and her choices for movie roles – she doesn’t just want to be sexy.
“I’m not really interested in the kinds of women who just take off their clothes or have a sex scene and then say something cool.”