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Keira Knightley says she won’t do sex scenes directed by men & dislikes the ‘male gaze,’ the same ‘male gaze’ that made her a star

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Keira Knightley, best known for her roles in ‘Bend it Like Beckham’, ‘Atonement’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘The Imitation Game’ and the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise, has made headlines by declaring that she has ruled out doing sex scenes directed by men and that she disapproves of the “male gaze” in cinema.

The two-time Oscar nominated actress told the director Lulu Wang on the Chanel Connects Podcast, “I don’t have an absolute ban [on filming nude scenes], but I kind of do with men… It’s partly vanity and also it’s the male gaze.”

The “male gaze” in filmmaking is defined by feminist theory as the act of telling a story and depicting women from a masculine, heterosexual perspective for the pleasure of a heterosexual male viewer.

Knightley certainly has the right to not do anything she doesn’t want to do, but her blanket dismissal of male directors due to some supposed insidious “male gaze” is laughably ironic, as one of the main reasons she became a big movie star is because she is so appealing to the “male gaze”.

Knightley has been very successful starring in films, mostly directed by men, that heightened her appeal, fed her vanity and maintained her dignity while not exploiting her in any way. This is what makes her newfound distaste for the male gaze, and male........

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