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Keira Knightley Have Experienced Misogyny And Harassment

 Keira Knightley claims that she, like many other women, has been subjected to misogyny and harassment

keira knightley Have Experienced Misogyny And Harassment
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Keira Knightley may not appear to be a Hollywood veteran, but she is. She's a member of an even rarer species, one could argue, who has experienced actual world celebrity.

The 36-year-old mother of two leads a life that is very different from that of many in the profession. However, she claims that there are some common experiences from which she believes very few people have escaped. Keira opens up about her experiences with harassment and misogyny in the acting world in an interview with Harper's Bazaar.

Keira, on the other hand, doesn't even mention her industry in her response. She claims that every woman she knows has had an experience, and she elaborates on what this means to her.

Keira Knightley has a long history of portraying strong female roles, from a fiery soccer player in Bend It Like Beckham to an authoress in Colette. She's speaking up about the misogyny she's seen in the profession, as well as the harassment that appears to be all too common.

"It was when women started listing all the precautions they take when they walk home to make sure they're safe, and I thought, 'I do every single one of them, and I don't even think about it.' It's [expletive] depressing," Keira told Harper's Bazaar.

"I think that's why I'm enjoying listening to Boudica," she added, referring to Manda Scott's book series about a powerful female Celtic warrior. "Something very pagan and powerfully female feels nice to listen to right now."

While Keira and the interviewer were speaking, a man was bothering them. "It's kind of fun talking about this while being chased about," she noted.

"I adore the politician who said males should have a curfew, and men were angry, and you think — but there is and always has been a curfew for women."

Keira spoke out about her personal harassment experiences. "Yes! I mean, it's happened to everyone," she responds.

"I literally don't know anyone who hasn't been harassed in some form, whether it's being flashed at or groped, or a man threatening to slice your throat or punching you in the face, or whatever it is."

Keira goes on to say that she's a woman who uses her glam to protect herself. Her family doesn't recognize her when she's dressed up, despite the fact that she enjoys it.

"Make-up is an armour," she says.

"My husband and my elder kid don't like it at all. My husband says, 'Oh, you're her.' They don't see it as me — and I don't either. It's something other, like a character ... She's got to be quite fierce. It's an armour, and I think that's how it has to be."