Mayim Bialik's Op-ed Letter On Sexual Assault Victims Receives Backlash

She was caught on the wrong side of the tone in one of the paragraphs.

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The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik who plays the character of Amy Farah Fowler was at the receiving end of criticism for the op-ed letter she penned.

The letter is about her stance on victims of sexual assault and is stemmed from the ongoing controversy of Harvey Weinstein’s.

Mayim wrote her piece for The New York Times on Saturday. She was caught on the wrong side of the tone in one of the paragraphs where she sounds like she is victim-shaming.

She writes about how she managed to avoid such distasteful experiences because of her looks. She adds that her “conservative dressing” is the key and that she does not “act flirtatiously with men as a policy.”

 Source: hollywoodreporter

“I am entirely aware that these types of choices might feel oppressive to many young feminists. Women should be able to wear whatever they want. They should be able to flirt however they want with whomever they want. Why are we the ones who have to police our behaviour?” she wrote. “In a perfect world, women should be free to act however they want. But our world isn’t perfect. Nothing—absolutely nothing—excuses men for assaulting or abusing women. But we can’t be naïve about the culture we live in.”

“I plan to continue to work hard to encourage young women to cultivate the parts of themselves that may not garner them money and fame,” she wrote. “If you are beautiful and sexy, terrific. But having others celebrate your physical beauty is not the way to lead a meaningful life. And if—like me—you’re not a perfect 10, know that there are people out there who will find you stunning, irresistible and worthy of attention, respect and love. The best part is you don’t have to go to a hotel room or a casting couch to find them.”

People, including actress Patricia Arquette, voiced themselves on Bialik's piece on Twitter. Take  a look:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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