Emily Graslie, host of the popular YouTube channel "The Brain Scoop," is confronting her sexist haters in a new viral video called "Where My Ladies At?"
Graslie, who also works as the chief curiosity correspondent for the Field Museum in Chicago, is dedicated to broadening the horizons for women in industries involving science, technology, education, and math (STEM), but she's realizing that's a tall order in a field where men dominate.
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For example, Graslie says in the video, seven of the 13 male-hosted science-oriented channels on YouTube have more than 1 million subscribers, while only four of the channels hosted by women have broken 160,000.
But what's worse is the hateful and sexist comments women in the STEM industry receive.
"Now don't get me wrong — the overwhelming majority of the comments I receive are positive and encouraging," Graslie, who has about 180,000 subscribers, says in the video. "But there [is] a lot of nastiness I have to deal with on a daily basis."
Comments like these:
"Emily, even though the clothes you're wearing kind of disguise it, you look like you might be pretty hot under them. Perhaps you should consider wearing slightly racier clothing."
"She is really cute but it's as if she made herself unattractive on purpose. She could easily keep us focused by changing her clothes. I would really like to see her again with the new looks."
"How can a woman be hotter than Emily? If you ever need a safe place to stay while you study the Patagonia in Argentina, please, feel free to get in touch with me. I will sponsor your whole journey just to stare at you."
"She just needs some sexier glasses. I can't stop looking at her nose. It looks so weird. It kind of makes her look like a nerdy pig."
Graslie explains that women face a lot more pressure than men when it comes to being on camera.
"We have a fear of the feedback from our commenters and subscribers, because we're afraid that our audience is more focused on our appearance than the quality of our content," she says. "Even more than that, we're not convinced that the content has to be good or factual, because we're not convinced that people are watching it for the content in the first place.
"There's a pressure to be the whole package. Not only do you have to be intelligent and articulate, but you also have to be attractive."
Despite the offensive comments, Graslie says she has no intention of changing either her appearance or the way she runs her show.
"Why would I do that?" she told the Chicago Sun-Times
. "I don’t care about views as much as I care about being a positive role model for young women."
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