“It should not be taken lightly that the message to present yourself as sexy and desirable may have more of an impact on young women than intended,” says Mayim Bialik, the Big Bang Theory star who reached out and spoke directly about body shaming and the way women are expected to be in our industry.
Known as Amy Farrah Fowler on the popular sitcom "Big Bang Theory", Bialik is calling out body shaming in the entertainment industry.
"Getting naked is not the way to feel empowered." Bialik however isn't shaming those who choose to show their bodies, but instead, is making the point that many are forced to show skin for the sake of the industry.
"The message that we are sending, especially to young girls, is above all else to be sexy. 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.”
She feels that although it is important to encourage young girls to express themselves the way they like, it's also very important to teach them that this doesn't mean they must show their bodies or be proud of their curves or anything of that sort. It can be, but doesn't have to be if they don't want.
“Encourage girls not to fear their bodies. Be explicit that no one has the right to touch you in a way you don’t want to be touched, no matter how you’re dressed,” Bialik stated. “Getting naked is not the only way to feel empowered as a beautiful person.”
If you choose not to show your body, it doesn't mean you're not empowered or that you don't have self-love. You just don't want to get naked.
Thats quite an interesting outlook on the never-ending body debates. What do you think?
By Maheen Malik