“We criticize dictators for quelling dissent and silencing protestors with tactics like curfews, we’ll certainly speak out when it’s happening in our own backyard," he said. "The people of Ferguson have the right to protest peacefully the lack of accountability for Michael Brown’s shooting.”—Amnesty International sending team to Ferguson. First time it’s deployed inside the US. (via soulsinsolidarity)
This is Biologist Dr Danielle N. Lee also known as the Urban Scientist at Scientific American, she “draws from hip hop culture to share science with general audiences, particularly under-served groups.” Biology-Online liked her work so much they wanted her to write for them……for free. Danielle Lee politely declined so Biology-Online did what everyone does when women say no - they called her a “Wh*re”. Here are the screengrabs of the emails.
As if it couldn’t get any worse, Danielle wrote about her experiences on Scientific American and Scientific American took it down. They censured her voice and took away her ability to speak out about the injustices she faced as a female science writer. Fortunately you can still read her article as it has been reprinted here. And she has made this Youtube Video about her experiences
Let’s be very, very clear. “Urban,” in this context of attempting to use her own chosen title against her, is an anti-Black and racialized term. She takes personal pride in her culture and her environment, and reaching out to under-served groups.
To try take that away from her, using said term and coupling it with a misogynistic slur, is not an attempt at simply being cleverly disgusting on Biology-Online’s part. It was intentionally using coded language to try and demean Dr. Lee on several levels, particularly, perceived socio-economic status and race/ethnicity.
This is not singularly an issue about “women in science.” This is not just about “women” as a whole. As far as we know, we don’t even know the gender of the original sender. Regardless, this is an incident of racialized misogyny. This is about an intersection of being Black and being a woman in the science field.
That doesn’t mean all women can’t relate and stand in solidarity with Dr. Lee, but it does mean that we must have an absolutely clear understanding of what’s at play here. A Black female doctor denying an offer at “”“exposure”“” without proper compensation and being called an “urban wh*re” has many layers of oppressive tone within it.
Not only that, but SA’s attempt to quash her story and silence her voice is indicative of a history of demeaning and degrading Black women, victim blaming them, and vehemently trying to prevent them from naming abusers and liars.
In addition, if you are not a sex worker or have never experienced forced prostitution, you need to censor slurs like wh*re, amongst others, which I’ve done here for future re-posting.
Not to sound like a science plug but people’s misinformation coupled with hysteria about the Ebola virus clearly shows you how badly we need our people to have at least a small sense of scientific literally so we have a better assessment of the situation as opposed to believing every media outlet claiming ‘a dangerous outbreak’ or trying to exasperate the situation for more viewers and readers. People have been jumping to some wild ass conclusions and just creating their own scifi virus outbreak stories pieced by these exaggerations posing as informative media. Point is, don’t jump to conclusions without getting your facts straight.
New research by a Florida State University geography professor shows that climate change may be playing a key role in the strength and frequency of tornadoes hitting the United States.
Published Wednesday in the journal Climate Dynamics, Professor James Elsner writes that though tornadoes are forming fewer days per year, they are forming at a greater density and strength than ever before. So, for example, instead of one or two forming on a given day in an area, there might be three or four occurring.
"We may be less threatened by tornadoes on a day-to-day basis, but when they do come, they come like there’s no tomorrow," Elsner said.
stop posting islamophobes and islamophobic content in the science tag, learn some fucking history and treat Muslims with respect, without them there would be no ‘scientific literacy’ for your white fave to follow. Muslims aren’t these bazooka toting, anti-science, anti-reason group of people that you get to use as a marker for how intelligible and “enlightened” you are over them. if anything you might learn a thing or two by closely looking at their true ideals be it in science or society in general. tl;dr your islamophobia and antibrowness is not #science.