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Mayim Bialik Slammed for Victim-Shaming in Harvey Weinstein Op-Ed

Mayim Bialik Slammed for Victim-Shaming in Harvey Weinstein Op-Ed

Mayim Bialik is getting slammed for her recent op-ed in the New York Times.

The 41-year-old Big Bang Theory actress penned an article titled “Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World” where she she has been accused of victim-shaming the women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.

“As a proud feminist with little desire to diet, get plastic surgery or hire a personal trainer, I have almost no personal experience with men asking me to meetings in their hotel rooms,” Mayim wrote. “Those of us in Hollywood who don’t represent an impossible standard of beauty have the ‘luxury’ of being overlooked and, in many cases, ignored by men in power unless we can make them money.”

Fans and celebs quickly slammed Mayim for “blaming women” instead of calling out men for their actions.

Early Sunday morning, Mayim took to Twitter to respond to the backlash.

Click inside to read Mayim’s response…

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  • http://eternalozzie.com/ eternalozzie

    i really wish the twitter outrage generation would slow down and actually read crap before the tweet their fake outrage.

  • DorothyfromOz

    She speaks the truth and women slam her for it? Seems hypocritical to me, not on her part but theirs.

  • rui santos

    To be honest without meaning to offend anyone…what kind of reunion were they expecting in a room hotel!? EVERYONE in hollywood knows about Harvey for ages! Obviously the guy is a scum, but don’t play dumb.

  • rosaryblue

    She didn’t shame the victims at all. She’s opening another road of conversation about Hollywood. People need to think and read critically.

  • FerCat

    True. But a hint of moral relativism in a case this appalling will no doubt offend a few.

  • JK

    And there you go blaming the victims, shame on you

  • persononhere

    they had a choice to NOT go to his room. every meeting started in the lobby with a request to visit the room and meet with him further. since they all knew, why go up to the room??? what executive has his office in a hotel room… seriously? women need to take some responsibility for sheer stupidity here

  • persononhere

    “victim-shaming” is a cool new phrase everyone wants to toss about

  • Jay in Chicago USA

    Ok I will say it. No one ever hit on her cause she is butt ugly.And obviously jealous of beautiful actresses.

  • DorothyfromOz

    You know the old saying, you gotta break a few eggs if you are going to make an omelette. The truth will always stand the test of time, no matter how many deny it.

  • DorothyfromOz

    What she is saying is that she could have gone down the same road as many of those actresses and had “work” done but she chose not too. Because of her not pandering to “Hollywood’s” (aka male definition) vision of beauty she at least had the benefit of not getting sexually harassed. Also i wouldn’t call her butt ugly, she is playing a part, don’t confuse the part she plays with who she is.

  • Max

    people are angry because she is trying to get attention when the ones who really need attention right now are the victims.
    also how does it help the victims to be called “plastic, skinny, unhealthy and sick”? because thats what “her words out of context” imply.

  • Jenni

    She made this all about herself. It really was self serving and had little to do with the actual HW story

  • tom

    I agree with her, we all make our own choices and should take responsibility for them. If a stranger gives you candy and you eat it and it turns out it’s poisonous are you going to blame the stranger for being a bad person.

  • 777

    There’s also the part where she talked about dressing in a way to prevent this things from happening.
    She’s not blaming the victims, but talking about looks and clothes as a trigger to sexual harassment is taking the conversation back 30 years.
    It’s not different than saying that celebrities shouldn’t have private photos on their phone if they don’t want to get hacked, as if hacking their phone is not a crime.

  • joshemerson

    Why exactly do the victims need attention? I find it ridiculous that someone who hasn’t been relevant in 20 years like Rose McGowan is using this to put herself in the spotlight.

  • Ulysses Joyce

    Oh she is ,Rose has been doing this for years.She has turned into the sean young of this generation.

  • Ulysses Joyce

    He actually does have a point ,whey in the world do you have to go into someones hotel room.

    That is unto to the victim themselves.I do not agree with they way she says it about the Cloths and plastic surgery.

  • Ulysses Joyce

    She telling them because you do not what I am doing this is the reason why this happens.

    Honestly do we want to go the Victorian era where people were dress head to toe and see no skin.

    I agree some personal responsibility was needed but to blame people right to feel beautiful is not the way to put it.

    This is why I think feminisim is cancer,it what I think what women should think.It is not about equity it is about conformity.

  • Lori

    i read it a few times. and she was absolutely victim blaming. mayim is extremely religious and you can tell her religious upbringing influenced this piece. she dresses modestly and shes not a “10″ so thats why she was never sexually assaulted. WRONG. millions of women who are not traditionally pretty also get raped. thats the point of where she went wrong. her dressing a certain way or having a PhD doesnt mean its the reason why she wasnt assaulted. it means shes lucky. and to ever insinuate that its about how a woman dresses is disgusting.

  • Lori

    mayim thinks shes above all those actresses who get plastic surgery and work out to stay fit. she thinks shes above them for quitting hollywod to get her phD. well… she just made me realize that even a neuroscientist is completely out of touch and dead wrong about social issues, espeically ones that are super religoius like she is. shes cancelled.

  • Lori

    you dont have to be beautiful to be raped. this is where she went WRONG.

  • Jay in Chicago USA

    She made a lot of money as a child star. She didn’t have to go down the same road. Plus she is saying they would not have been assaulted without the surgeries. Implying they looked like her before. No way. She could never look like those stars, except in her dreams.

  • Jay in Chicago USA

    She made a lot of money as a child star. She didn’t have to go down the same road. Plus she is saying they would not have been assaulted without the surgeries. Implying they looked like her before. No way. She could never look like those stars, except in her dreams.

  • cutitout

    All she said was that women who look like her who are not super thin, young, and done up all the time get ignored. No where did she blame anyone.

  • cutitout

    She was talking about how women who look like her are completely over looked which is true to a degree.

  • cutitout

    That is reaching, The only person who said that is you. Talk about putting words in someone’s mouth. The reading comprehension or lack there of in this country…..No wonder Trump got elected.

  • DorothyfromOz

    Its clear you either didn’t take Psch 101 or you failed it. I say this because looks have nothing to do with rapists and sexual predators. Its all about power. That being said you seem obsessed with the fact she doesn’t fit your mold of what beauty should look like. That doesn’t mean she is not attractive, just not attractive to you. I have seen Surgeons take people and totally change their appearance. nothing is impossible these days. What she is saying is that she has decided not to spend the time she has here on earth making her external appearance her primary priority. There is such a thing as inner beauty which has nothing to do with personal trainers, dieting, and having procedures done. Of course I know people who have done none of this is still been sexually assaulted or harassed. Like I said its not about whats on the outside of the victim but whats on the inside of the predator.

  • DorothyfromOz

    If i had someone ask me to meet them at “their ” hotel room to talk about business I would tell them to meet me in the hotel restaurant. That seems more logical for a business meeting, especially in Hollywood.

  • calafeast

    Powerful ny/la jews like harvey have little interest in women that is not aryan. They marry the jew first, have children, then divorce, then buy themselves an aryan. You were not targeted, b/c you look like shit and a creep who breastfed her children till they were 4. Now go to hell, with your nonexistent career.

  • calafeast

    So you say all hollywood actresses should now look like this crone with some handmaiden’s tale level of modesty? And they should all be ugly like her?
    But I bet you still want the men to look like brad, thor, superman etc. complete with abs and pecs…
    Fucking retard.

  • DorothyfromOz

    I think she is viewing it from Hollywood’s standards. Most rapists and sexual predators do have a type. In Weinstein’s case it was beautiful starlets who appeared to be weak. He didn’t sexually harass Kate Winslet because she has a strong forceful personality and he knew if he tried anything with her she would lawyer up and put him in his place.

  • calafeast

    With all her phd and hardcore jew-y ways, she is still a d-list actress with a role on an embarrassingly awful tv show. After all that, she is on the same league as a kaley cuoco or whatever her name is.

  • Valerie

    It sounds like she is envious and resentful, couple that with passice- agressive techniques…now backpedaling has ensued.

  • DorothyfromOz

    Not sure where you get resentful or envious but just a bit of advice you need to either go back to school and learn how to spell or at the very least proof read your comments before posting. You know they highlight misspelled words in red. It doesn’t take Einstein to spell on this site.

  • Valerie

    Yes, I do, yet I let typos be typos while you are getting all worked up over this. Surely you have spelled everything correctly only due to this feature. Now, if I may, I have bigger fish to fry.

  • Bette Noir

    Nothing new about it. Psychologist William Ryan coined the phrase “blaming the victim” in his 1971 book ‘Blaming the Victim’.

  • cutitout

    It sucks but all women look like differently flavored lamb chops to all the wolves out in this world. Some wolves have preferences. Some will snatch anyone up. If you are not on point,someone will gobble you up, sometimes even if you do everything reasonably possible to avoid being eaten up, you still get eaten up, but that does not mean you should not try your hardest not to be eaten up. Be smart, be aware of your surroundings, report all infractions against you to the appropriate authorities and make them publically known, fight back.

  • Amber

    I agree with you completely, she’s misinformed, and her belief that being a feminist means not dieting, shaving her legs, or getting plastic surgery is misguided. Feminism comes in many forms. You can be a feminist and wear makeup, or workout, or get plastic surgery. We need to move away from the idea that women who are interested in beauty are doing it to attract men.

  • Bette Noir

    While it is true that rape is a crime that is not only sexual but of domination and power, it is also true that women (and men) can, to some extent use common sense for their own self-protection. If a woman dresses provocatively in order to be sexually attractive to men, she cannot, then, blame the men that are sexually attracted by her appearance. This is not to say that any woman deserves to be raped. But does wearing clothing such as this not send the message that these women are intentionally trying to elicit sexual attention?
    https://www.buzzfeed.com/stephanieanderson/rose-mcgowan-vmas-queen?utm_term=.dx67nYaaN#.onRydzee

  • Bette Noir

    Nonsense. She is trying to point out that women can, to some degree, protect themselves by not dressing as sexual objects.

  • Jay in Chicago USA

    Looks have everything to do with it, that’s why no one hit on her. You just don’t get it. Men don’t chase ugly women.

  • Ulysses Joyce

    that is way too extreme.Also please for the love of god do not use buzzfeed.

  • Ulysses Joyce

    No the way it was framed ,it sounded like she was blaming the individual for not dressing like her.So what?she does not know if a women who dress like her does not get hit on.Men do like women that show less because it gives more to the imagination.

  • DorothyfromOz

    You read to much into comments, I can assure you I am not worked up about your’s or anyone else’s. I don’t let strangers affect me. Good luck frying those fish :D

  • DorothyfromOz

    Most men don’t chase women at all, the women do all the chasing now. I guess based on Weinstein the ugly men still chase women.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/cigo8179 eternalfratboy

    i respect her perspective!!

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  • j.

    Um, yes

  • j.

    oh my god