Kiera Knightley: Stay-At-Home Parents Undeserving Of Scorn
9:30 am, September 18th | by Laura Donovan
Both stay-at-home moms and dads sometimes take flak from judgmental folks who think taking care of one’s family simply isn’t intellectually stimulating enough, but “Love Actually” actress Kiera Knightley thinks this attitude is ridiculous and unfair to those who want a certain type of lifestyle.
Speaking with Vogue for the magazine’s October issue, the 27-year-old said of feminism and the subject of balancing family and work:
“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. 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.”
Fair enough. You may not want something for yourself, but that doesn’t give you the right to belittle others who have chosen such a path for themselves. We need more people like Knightley in the world than folks who say 21st century stay-at-home moms are bad for feminism…or don’t know anything about what it’s like to work. Right, Hilary Rosen?
h/t E! Online