While Bialik considers herself a feminist, it is her narrow definition of what constitutes one that that has left many to see her as pompous and judgmental of other women.
"I know it makes some women feel safer if they attack other's choices - thinking someone made a "bad" choice means you choose differently and avoid assault", author Jessica Valenti wrote.
The former child star said that: 'As a proud feminist with little desire to diet, get plastic surgery or hire a personal trainer, I have nearly no personal experience with men asking me to meetings in their hotel rooms'.
The "Blossom" alum added that perhaps it was too hard to convey her thoughts properly in a 900 word article.
The 41-year-old actress went on to note the choices she makes that she deemed to be "self-protecting and wise".
"I feel protected in my industry more when I keep parts of myself private", she said.
Mayim Bialik has clarified that she was not trying to blame sexual assault victims for their abuse in her recent New York Times op-ed. Among those to call Bialik out was Oscar victor Patricia Arquette, who relayed her own experience with sexual harassment when she was just 12 years old.
What did you think of Mayim's words? "The idea that only "sexy" or "beautiful' women are raped is one of the oldest and exhausted rape myths in the book".
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After her piece was published, both readers and actresses, including Patricia Arquette and Gabrielle Union, spoke out about their experiences with sexual assault and reminded followers that their clothing had nothing to do with it. "I'm being told my NY Times piece resonated with so many and I am beyond grateful for all the feedback". "It's not the clothes".
Swedish model Ines Helene, meanwhile, had harsher criticism for Bialik. Swedish model Ines Helen chimed in: "Mayim Bialik missed the flawless opportunity to call out men in Hollywood".
Bialik has previously come under fire for criticizing women for dressing provocatively; in 2014 she wrote a piece for Kveller about a billboard featuring Ariana Grande in which she lamented that "women are expected to be sexy and sexually available no matter what we do in society". "Mayim Bialik's piece is part of the problem w/ the myth of journalistic objectivity, which suggests even risky opinions deserve platform", wrote Jamilah Lemieux, a culture critic and editor.
Her op-ed sparked sharp backlash on Twitter from users including Oscar victor Patricia Arquette.
On Saturday night, Bialik responded to the controversy, writing that her words had been taken out of context. "It's so sad how vicious people are being when I basically live to make things better for women", she wrote.
Mayim Bialik has written a very confusing op-ed in The New York Times, seemingly about how being un-pretty helped protect her against sexual abuse in Hollywood.
Even so, her apology did not fare well on Twitter, where many users disagreed with her argument that her words were taken out of context.