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Keira Knightley is a feminist, and as such she believes in women having choices when they give birth.
During an interview with Vogue for their October cover story, the issue of feminism cropped up. (The issue was sparked nationally when earlier this year former State Department Director of Policy Planning Anne-Marie Slaughter said she put her job on the backburner to focus on her family).
"I'm glad that the subject is coming up again," says Knightley, who stars in the new adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's tragic Anna Karenina . "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."
And Knightley, 27, added that to her, feminism isn't about adhering to a strict formula. For example, even though the engaged actress plans to keep working after having kids, that doesn't mean she thinks every woman needs to do so -- or men for that matter.
"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," she told Vogue.