Aug 6, 2020 • 47M

Episode 24: The Sad Tale Of @Sciencing_Bi, America's Realest Bisexual Indigenous Anthropologist

 
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Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.
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In one of the weirdest online controversies yet covered by Blocked and Reported, Katie walks Jesse through the wild, twisting tale of @Sciencing_Bi, a young anthropologist who just wanted to do good work, but who was tragically hindered from achieving this goal by the vicious anti-bisexual currents that dominate academic anthropology -- and by a university hell-bent on LITERALLY working her to death (and cutting her salary 15%). 

(Apologies for the weird underwater thing going on with Katie's audio for part of the episode -- it was a hardware issue and [probably] won't happen again.)

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(If you're unfamiliar with this story, note that a couple of the below headlines will likely spoil it, so scroll downward at your own peril.)

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The New York Times: The Anonymous Professor Who Wasn't -  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/04/style/college-coronavirus-hoax.html 

BuzzFeed: At First It Looked Like A Scientist Died From COVID. Then People Started Taking Her Story Apart. -  https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/peteraldhous/bethann-mclaughlin-twitter-suspension-fake-covid-death 

Science: This neuroscientist is fighting sexual harassment in science—but her own job is in peril -  https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/neuroscientist-fighting-sexual-harassment-science-her-own-job-peril