Mayim Bialik, Beauty and Sexual Assault

Carla Harmon
October 20, 2017

Actress Mayim Bialik has apologized following a backlash against her New York Times op-ed suggesting that dressing and acting modestly is protection against sexual assault and harassment.

Social media users said that Bialik was insinuating she had not been sexually harassed or assaulted due to her choices and that she was contributing to victim blaming.

"As a proud feminist with little desire to diet, get plastic surgery or hire a personal trainer, I have nearly no personal experience with men asking me to meetings in their hotel rooms", she said. "Anyone who knows me and my feminism knows that's absurd and not at all what this piece was about".

"I am entirely aware that these types of choices might feel oppressive to many young feminists. But our world isn't flawless", Bialik wrote. In an opinion piece by The Hollywood Gossip, it is stated that Bialik may have also blamed the attractive women for being attractive, and that their appearance was the reason why they were chosen to be sexually harassed by the men in the business. "The best part is you don't have to go to a hotel room or a casting couch to find them". According to Pop Culture, what some people had taken away from the opinion piece is that Bialik may have inadvertently blamed other women for being preyed upon - especially since Bialik raised the concern of how they dressed and how they put up a flirtatious facade when in front of other men.

Gabrielle Union tweeted that she was raped at a Payless Shoe Store while wearing a long tunic and leggings, so she didn't appreciate the "dress modestly" remark. "I was not looking to speak about assault and rape in general".

Patricia Arquette (whose sister, Rosanna, has publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment) wrote directly to Bialik on Twitter, "It is also not outrageous for anyone to (be) expected to be treated in a professional manner (sic) by anyone in a professional relationship". Does that mean (you're) fair game? "Because Hollywood (and the world) has predators, is it a woman's responsibility?"

He stepped down from the board of The Weinstein Company on Tuesday after the studio he co-founded more than a decade ago sacked him from his role as a chairman. Weinstein has denied "any allegations of non-consensual sex", according to his spokesperson.

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