You basically said that these women were asking for it. Over time, you’ve managed to express how you feel about women dressing more scantily clad. You’ve expressed multiple times how you have chosen to dress more modestly then very subtly shame women who chose to do otherwise. I’m wondering how your costars Kaley Cuoco and Melissa Raunch would feel about your thoughts and feelings about women who choose to get plastic surgery, hire a personal trainer and diet. It almost seems like you somehow think that not doing these things acts as a shield against sexual predators.
Those of us in Hollywood who don’t represent an impossible standard of beauty have the “luxury” of being overlooked and, in many cases, ignored by men in power unless we can make them money.
Whether it’s within Hollywood or in a middle-class neighborhood, do you really think a person like Weinstein is really going to limit themselves based off how someone looks? A predator is going to look at someone who they know they can take advantage of whether they have a what is considered to be today’s standards of beauty or not. Your piece on the New York Times is preserving dangerous stereotypes and is putting feminism is a bad light. It isn’t the feminist attitude to see the flirtatious behavior and more revealing outfits as a way of opening doors to sexual assault. You said we can’t be naive about the culture we live in. But did you think that instead of perpetuating the issue by saying that dressing modestly is going to solve the problem, that you could be standing with other feminists to end misogyny? Your entire piece is more detrimental than anything.
I’m thirty years old now. I watched Blossom from beginning till the end. I remember loving how you carried yourself on the show and even stealing a friends hat that looked like one you wore. But if I had read what you had written on TNYT at the age I started watching that show, I would have been terribly misguided on what it meant to keep myself safe.
We live in a society that has treated women as disposable playmates for far longer than Mr. Weinstein has been meeting ingénues in luxury hotel rooms.
Then maybe it’s time for society to start moving forward. I’m not an actress. I don’t have similar experiences to the women in Hollywood. But the problem doesn’t stop on the casting couch. We have a long way to go. But the fight to progress in this area is not going to get better if we think that the Weinsteins of the world are going to keep it within a pretty female face.