Scientist called a whore for turning down an ‘opportunity’

I can hardly call myself a blogger these days, but this pissed me off enough to relearn how WordPress works. Again.

Apparently this is doing the rounds on the internet, but the chemistry blogs have been pretty quiet on this, and it is DEFINITELY worth a mention.

Following a cordial invitation, a cordial discussion, and a very polite thanks but no thanks, Dr. Danielle N. Lee (aka The Urban Scientist) was called an URBAN WHORE (my emphasis) for turning down the opportunity to write a guest blog post for Biology-Online.org.

This is unacceptable in every possible way imaginable, and is made worse by the presumption that it is unlikely that the same disrespect would have been forthcoming to all. Gender, ethnicity, and background are all likely factors here.

Thankfully (based on blog comments)  it appears the offender has been sacked and an apology issued.

A much fuller write-up on this story is here on CENblog.

Dr Lee’s written response is here (after it had been removed and then reposted) at Scientific America.

A very restrained video response has also been posted on YouTube:

 

 

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