And we see you over there on the internet
Comparing all the girls who are killing it
But we figured you out
We all know now, we all got crowns
You need to calm down
(I post these occasionally not because they bother me anymore--20+ years as a Woman on the Internets with Opinions makes for a thick skin--but as examples for men of what their colleagues are dealing with, & for new folks to #scicomm so that unfortunately they see the downside).
Also I block creepy stalkers. You want to mislead people, do it on your own timeline.
Lord. As I said, super, creepy stalkers. It's my choice to disallow misinformation on my timeline. And now I'm going the fuck to bed.
Still hiding and blocking people promoting quackery. Y'all have your own pages to do that on.

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