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Changing her Tune

Last week Mayim Bialik discovered that she did not fully understand the issues of sexual assault when she was verbally attacked.

Mayim Bialik is a cast member of the very popular television show, The Big Bang Theory. In fact she has been nominated four times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She ended up winning a Critic’s Choice Television Award for her portrayal of Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler in this endearing circle of technological misfits. She is the co-author of two books written with pediatrician Jay Gordon, and  two that she wrote herself. They are Mayim’s Vegan Table, a cookbook, and Girling Up, about the scientific changes that  female bodies experience as they mature.

Many of us know Bialik as the child actor who played Blossom in the show of the same name, but she has also appeared in dozens of solid roles. What we may not know that working on and off, she has also earned a Phd. in neuroscience, a multidisciplinary branch of biology. Bialik is clearly very bright and uses her own lifestyle website, GrokNation, to express her opinions on the subjects of religion, popular culture, parenting, and Hollywood.  She explains that “Grok”  was a term which meant to perceive things at their deepest levels. The Urban Dictionary defines it as to understand profoundly through intuition or empathy.

All was going well in her complicated life until Bialik chimed in on the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct allegations.  In a New York Times op-ed she repeated the tired tirade that women could avoid sexual assault by dressing modestly and acting appropriately. She added that these two actions were necessary to navigate through a culture that objectified women. She stated “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.”

Bialik confused the issue by defending how her personal decisions had kept her safe. While all the statements in her feature may have been true, they didn’t make the grade with the vocal leaders of the newly formed Me Too Movement.  She must have listened to  her critics because she came out with an apology and a new point of view““Let me say clearly and explicitly that I am very sorry,” she wrote. “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.” 

Of course, Bialik has the right to express her opinions and publicly relate her experiences. She also has the opportunity to pay attention to the news and evolve her personal convictions.  The question is why if she projects the identity of a modern feminist, why isn’t she more aware of the issues of female sexual assault? The answer is that from time to time events happen and we all need to move along through the belief landscape. Bialik is to be given credit for “groking” to  her lag in awareness and quickly catching up with one of the important issues of our times.

Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik was born on a Friday in the sign of Sagittarius. Friday is ruled by Venus, the planet representing women and their position in the world. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of philosophical and physical expansion. These energies give her the #69 FRI SAG Signature.  According to Dayology Bialik is attracted to situations where she can help to shift the general  consciousness but she needs to get past any negative feelings about her physical appearance and her need to please others.  Taking Dayology to a deeper level we see that Bialik has the grit to tackle these issues.  Her INNER RULER Venus is located in the deep and complicated sign of Scorpio. Her OUTER RULER Jupiter is situated in the direct and pioneering sign of Aries.  At times she made take a tumble but her intentions are authentic, clear and courageous.  And from time to time she is capable of changing her tune.