“I want to address my op-ed in the NY Times, and the reaction to it. Let me say clearly and explicitly that I am very sorry,” she wrote on Twitter. “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. 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,” she concluded. “I am truly sorry for causing so much pain and I hope you can all forgive me.”
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) October 18, 2017
Mayim Bialik previously wrote, “I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with.” She added, “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 naive about the culture we live in.”
Many were outraged by her comments. Fellow actress tweeted, “@missmayim229 I have to say I was dressed non provocatively as a 12 year old when men on the street masturbated at me. It’s not clothing.” She added, “It is also not outrageous for anyone to expected to be treated in a professional manner by anyone in a professional relationship.”
In her initial response, Bialik fired back at her critics. She claimed that her words were “twisted” and taken out of context. “It’s so sad how vicious people are being when I basically live to make things better for women,” she stated.