keira knightley is right about hollywood's rape scenes

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Keira Knightley has made an astute point about Hollywood rape culture – at just the right time.

The actor told Variety “I don’t really do films set in the modern day because the female characters nearly always get raped. I always find something distasteful in the way women are portrayed, whereas I’ve always found very inspiring characters offered to me in historical pieces. There’s been some improvement. I’m suddenly being sent scripts with present-day women who aren’t raped in the first five pages and aren’t simply there to be the loving girlfriend or wife.”

This explains a string of historical films in Knightley’s wake, from Pride & PrejudiceThe Imitation Game and Anna Karenina to A Dangerous Method and King Arthur. She has, with the exception of a certain Christmas film and pirate franchise, chosen to portray noble, strong women from the past rather than participate in the spectacle of rape as a plot device. For this, I can only applaud and admire her.

And she’s done it again. Knightley is currently doing press rounds for her role in the movie Colette, where she plays the legendary French novelist. Here, she has chosen an intellectually exciting, sexually liberated, fascinating historical figure who is wronged by her husband (he tried – and succeeded for a short while – to claim her work as his own).

Read more at The Independent