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Field Museum scientist takes to YouTube, responds to sexist bullies

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Emily Graslie hosts a popular YouTube show called "The Brain Scoop," but it isn't science that has her making news -- it's her fight against online bullies.

The Field Museum scientist didn't sit back when viewers began leaving nasty comments about her online. Instead, she decided to grab a camera, hit record, and take a stand.

More than half a million people have viewed the video response she posted.

"Is there any part of my job that I don't look forward to? I would have to say would be the frustratingly sexist and negative comments that I have to sift through in my various inboxes on a daily basis," said Graslie.

Graslie posted the rant in response to comments posted on her YouTube channel - The Brain Scoop.

"There wasn't one particular comment, there really wasn't it was just kind of an accumulation of comments, knowing that every time I put up a video, I was always looking forward to the response, contribute to the conversation and in addition to that, it was wow she's really cute, wow I want to marry her, wow I want to have babies with Emily... explicit things, it became really uncomfortable," said Graslie.

According to Graslie, "It made me wonder is there anyone else going through this? Where are the other women that have stem channels those that primarily focus on science, technology, engineering and math?"

The 24-year-old is a Curiosity Correspondent at the Field Museum and launched her YouTube channel almost a year ago.

"I tend to think that YouTube is a community and I don't want to ignore the comments, I want to encourage them," said Graslie.

"The overwhelming majority of the comments I receive are positive and encouraging but there are still a lot of nastiness that I have to deal with on a daily basis when trying to make these positive and encouraging videos," posted Graslie.

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