Woman turns down non-paying gig, name calling ensues

This post originally appeared at JAYFK.

Scientist and science communicator @DNLee5 was contacted by Ofek, Blog Editor of biology-online.org regarding a non-paying guest blogging spot.  Deciding she didn’t wish to work for free, @DNLee5 informed Ofek that she was declining his offer.  Ofek responded…

whore email






Oh, poor biology-online.org editor! Ofek clearly doesn’t own – of have access to – a dictionary.  Here’s the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of ‘whore‘:

whore defn







Huh.  @DNLee5 has a PhD in biology, studies animal behavior and behavioral ecology, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at a Major Research University (MRU). She is also a member of the Scientific American blog network, is a sought after speaker, and regularly engages in science outreach.  She gets paid to do science research and science communication.  She doesn’t get paid to “engage in sexual acts” nor is she “a venal or unscrupulous person”.  She is not a whore.  What is she?  Let’s take a look at another Merriam-Webster definition!

professional defn@DNLee5  is professional with a particular set of skills, a person who is highly trained, a person that expects to be paid for her work.  You know, like all other professionals.

…but Ofek doesn’t view @DNLee5 as a professional.  Ofek doesn’t view @DNLee5 as a person worthy of professional treatment, of respect, of a minimum level of civility.  No, Ofek views @DNLee5 as a troublesome woman who won’t do as they’re told.  As such, Ofek called her ‘whore’.

I call Ofek ‘delusional‘ – and a few other choice terms.


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DrRubidium is an analytical chemist that spends her days finding needles in needlestacks. Also a science communicator, she focuses on the the science behind everyday stuff and pop culture.

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