Not long ago, actress Mayim Bialik published an op-ed piece in The New York Times. The article was called “Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World.” There, she discussed fame at an early age, Hollywood expectations, and the upside of not being a “perfect ten.”
“I am grateful to bring Amy Farrah Fowler to life on the No. 1 sitcom in America,” wrote Mayim Bialik. “I am honored to depict a feminist who speaks her mind; who loves science and her friends; and who sometimes wishes she were the hot girl.”
The actress then acknowledged she once “wished” that, too.
Mayim Bialik Isn’t Worried About Hotel Room “Meetings”
“I have also experienced the upside of not being a ‘perfect ten.’ 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,” wrote the actress.
Specifically, the actress is writing about having the luxury of not representing an “impossible standard of beauty.” As a non-it-girl, she doesn’t have to worry about producers hitting on her excessively or asking her for inappropriate meetings.
In addition, she makes sure to dress modestly and not act flirtatiously as a policy.
Repercussions In An Imperfect World
Then, the actress defends her statement by acknowledging the type of world we’re living in. While women should be able to dress how they want and flirt if they wish to, we aren’t in a perfect world and there are possible repercussions.
“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,” wrote Mayim Bialik.
In the end, the actress believes there can be change. But this type of behavior goes back further than Harvey Weinstein. Plus, women are being seen in a new light thanks to new female directors. Her examples include Jenji Kohan (Weeds, Orange is the New Black) and Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under, Transparent).
Finally, she concluded, “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.”
The actress received some negative comments about the article from a handful of soapbox shouters. But the article is meant to encourage positive action from both sides.
Have you read this op-ed piece from actress and PhD Mayim Bialik?