This could have gone in a few places but I thought here would work.
NSFW involves bad language.
The Blog editor of Biology-Online asked our Hero if I she would like to blog for them. She asked the conditions such as pay. He explained (no pay, but Dr bigwig does it for free so you should be paying me to work on this). She said no. He then called her a very very bad name.
Wow. WOW. Just... no. And I bet he'd have expected a high level of commitment too - not just a couple hours when she could spare them, but full time dedication for no money whatsoever.
And I'm pretty darn sure it wouldn't have happened if he's been contacting a man...
Is he trying to commit Professional Darwinism?
Not trying. He did. He was fired this morning.
There's more to the story, though:
- woman gets asked to write, politely asks about things like payment, and gets called a name for expecting to get paid. (A name, ironically, which usually indicates payment for services, if you know what I mean.)
- she then posts about her experience on her blog, which is run through a second magazine (Scientific American).
- second magazine takes the post down with no warning and no notice to her. It turns out the two magazines are under the same umbrella organization (kind of - not entirely clear on how exactly they're connected, but there is some connection.)
- editor at second magazine defends the takedown saying their magazine is about "discovering science" and thus a blog post about the particular challenges women of color in science face aren't right for the magazine.
- several other authors for that magazine come forward and show their own blog posts - many about being female/minorities and how that makes the academic science world more difficult - have never been taken down and some were, in fact, sought out specifically to write about that exact topic.
- internet firestorm about the original insult, Scientific American's take that talking about discrimination in the science community isn't of benefit to the community as a whole, and whether their refusal to publish her blog post about the sexist insult is, in itself, sexist.