KEira Knightley caused a stir this week when she announced that she would no longer direct nude and sex scenes with male directors in the future. She gives two reasons: firstly, she is uncomfortable playing naked in front of a group of men. Second, she wants to problematize the male gaze. In doing so, she takes up a concept of film studies that criticizes the dominant heterosexual male perspective on women’s bodies, which serve the fantasies of male viewers.
Still, one has to wonder how brave Keira Knightley’s decision really is.