Bialik is a hyperconscious woman who tackles feminist issues ranging from social injustices to the problems with vernacular surrounding women -- and everything in between. Which is why I found her rant about too many plus-size women and, I am assuming, women in general getting naked in the name of empowerment to be disappointing in the least and highly problematic at best. To be fair, Bialik begins her four-minute Facebook video addressing the benefits of plus-size visbility -- she notes that women seeing women "who actually exist" has immeasurably helped them accept their bodies in ways they never imagined.
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Mayim Bialik is here to tell you why she's not prude but everyone needs to stop getting naked! To be clear, Bialik isn't shaming them for showing off their bodies. But she also questioned the real impact these actions have on young women.
Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings. Mayim Bialik has a message for girls and young women about taking off their clothes for the camera. I'm sure you're not surprised that I do and I think you should, too! Bialik begins by saying that she is not a prude or trying to fat-shame, and understands that we live in a culture that embraces sexuality. And no matter what you accomplish or achieve or stand for, what really matters most is to be featured on the pages of a magazine that typically displays women who are paid to maintain a sexy appearance. The message is: I should be celebrated, and the way that I do that is by presenting myself as a sexualized object. So what is her solution? To continue to encourage girls to not fear their bodies or their sexuality, to tell girls that their bodies are special and that "while there is nothing wrong with beauty and sexiness, getting naked is not the only way to feel empowered as a beautiful person.
Mayim Bialik has always been the kind of actress that wants to prove to the world that you can use brains over beauty in Hollywood. After all, Mayim is a highly educated, intelligent actress who can recite Chaucer, compute difficult equations in her head and teach you the basics of quantum physics at the same time. With that being said, though, Mayim has always insisted that she has never needed to show off her body or wear tight clothes in order to get ahead in the cutthroat business that is Hollywood. As a matter of fact, Mayim takes pride in covering up on the red carpet. But at the same time, Mayim has also criticized many other young starlets for focusing on their appearance and according to her, nothing else. Mayim Bialik has been in the entertainment industry all of her life. She became a household name thanks to her starring role in the 90s sitcom Blossom. But at the same time, a lot of her critics say that her comments were nothing but a mixed message. I think the trap that we're falling into is that we start to equate empowerment, not with strength or intelligence or confidence, but with sexiness.