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Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik’s ‘mean-spirited’ take on sexual assault gets attacked on Twitter

An op-ed written by The Big Bang Theory star, Mayim Bialik, has been attracting criticism for the tone she takes against victims of sexual assault.

hollywood Updated: Oct 15, 2017 14:11 IST
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Mayim Bialik’s article in the New York Times is facing backlash.
Mayim Bialik’s article in the New York Times is facing backlash.

An op-ed written by The Big Bang Theory star, Mayim Bialik, has been attracting criticism for the tone she takes against victims of sexual assault. Bialik, who plays Amy in the hit comedy series, wrote the piece for The New York Times on Saturday in response to the recent revelations against Hollywood studio boss, Harvey Weinstein.

One paragraph in particular is being singled out by critics, who say that Bialik strikes a tone that comes dangerously close to victim-shaming.

She wrote that she has managed to avoid the horrific experiences over 40 women have detailed mostly because of her looks. She says that she chooses to “dress conservatively” and does not “act flirtatiously with men as a policy.”

“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.”

Several people took to Twitter to voice their disapproval of Bialik’s piece:

Bialik acknowledged the backlash and wrote on Twitter that her words were taken out of context and that she would be appearing in a Facebook live on Monday when she would discuss it further.

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