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Website apologizes, fires editor who called female scientist a “whore”

Biologist and science writer Danielle Lee uses approachable cultural references, personal anecdotes and humor to cover urban ecology, evolutionary biology and other topics for general audiences. As a woman of color in a field dominated by white men, Lee is particularly interested in, as she notes in her author bio, promoting diversity in the sciences and sharing science with traditionally marginalized groups. Her writing is smart, funny and approachable. Which is probably why Biology-Online, a science website, wanted her to write for them.

But after an editor from the site told Lee that she would not be compensated for the work she was being asked to do, she politely declined the offer.

To which the editor replied: "Are you an urban scientist or an urban whore?”

Lee, being, as noted above, smart, funny and approachable -- but also a woman who does not appear to suffer fools lightly -- responded to the editor's misogynistic message with a thoughtful takedown she posted to YouTube:

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