- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mayim Bialik has issued another statement regarding her controversial New York Times op-ed about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, this time saying she is “truly sorry” that her piece was interpreted as casting blame on his alleged victims.

Ms. Bialik, who has earned four Emmy Award nominations for her role as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler in “The Big Bang Theory,” sparked feminist backlash on Friday after she pointed to her own modest dress and demeanor as a good example of self-protection against sexual assault.

“I still make choices every day as a 41-year-old actress that I think of as self-protecting and wise,” she wrote in a New York Times essay, titled “Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World.”

“I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy,” she continued. “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 behavior? 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.”

The piece was criticized as trying to place blame on the victims of sexual assault, earning rebukes from actresses Patricia Arquette‏ and Emily Ratajkowski.

Ms. Bialik was initially indignant, issuing a statement Sunday saying she had been taken out of context.

On Wednesday, she issued a heartfelt apology.

“I want to address my op-ed in the NY Times, and the reaction to it,” she wrote. “Let me say clearly and explicitly that I am very sorry. What you wear and how you behave does not provide any protection from assault, nor does the way you dress or act in any way make you responsible for being assaulted; you are never responsible for being assaulted.”

“I applaud the bravery of the women who have come forward,” she continued. “I support these women as we seek out and demand accountability from the only ones responsible for assault and rape: the people who perpetrate these heinous crimes. I am motivated and driven to work hard to empower women.”

“I am truly sorry for causing so much pain, and I hope you can all forgive me,” Ms. Bialik concluded.

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