On June 9th, Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Sir Tim Hunt shocked the world by making sexist statements about women scientists at a women scientists' conference in South Korea. "Let me tell you about my trouble with girls … three things happen when they are in the lab … You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticize them, they cry," the Nobel laureate said, advocating single-sex labs as well.


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In response to his anachronistic and chauvinistic comments, women scientists around the world took to Twitter to show how wrong he really was, using hashtags like #distractinglysexy and #TimHunt. Women in science are encouraged to add their own pics below!

"Three things happen when [women] are in the lab... You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticize them, they cry," Tim Hunt said at a conference in South Korea

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The #distractinglysexy hashtag was born in response:

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#1 I'm Really Glad That Curie Managed To Take A Break From Crying To Discover Radium And Polonium

I'm Really Glad That Curie Managed To Take A Break From Crying To Discover Radium And Polonium

Amy Remeikis Report

StephanieFrizzell 1 year ago

That has nothing to do with her work, Nejc Romih

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#2 Filter Mask Protects Me From Hazardous Chemicals And Muffles My Woman Cries

Filter Mask Protects Me From Hazardous Chemicals And Muffles My Woman Cries

Amelia Cervera Report

Haileefishaa 1 year ago

muffles my woman cries hahaha

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#3 I Cried When #ebola Patients Died Or When Got Better. I Have Feelings & I Deal W Them

I Cried When #ebola Patients Died Or When Got Better. I Have Feelings & I Deal W Them

Elisabetta Report

captaingrumpy 1 year ago

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How many men work with you??

#4 Thankfully, Worker Bees Are All Female, Otherwise...

Thankfully, Worker Bees Are All Female, Otherwise...

Emily Remnant Report

ReverendVeritas 9 months ago

...otherwise the male bees would demand her and the queen bee make them a sandwich?

#5 Oh Don't Mind Me. I'm Just Pipetting While Being #distractinglysexy

Oh Don't Mind Me. I'm Just Pipetting While Being #distractinglysexy

Meg Massa Report

KevinGarry 1 year ago

Oh no! You made me drop my Petri dish with your distracting pipetting!

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#6 Still #distractinglysexy After A Full Day Of Cell Culture. Didn't Even Cry This Time, So Proud!

Still #distractinglysexy After A Full Day Of Cell Culture. Didn't Even Cry This Time, So Proud!

Lucie de Beauchamp Report

#7 I Fell In Love With The Microcentrifuge... Typical Woman In The Lab

I Fell In Love With The Microcentrifuge... Typical Woman In The Lab

Point Mutation Report

ReverendVeritas 9 months ago

Typical woman - Falling for a quick fling who can send her world spinning, but in the end microcentrifuges will always separate.

#8 I Made It Through These Brain Dissections Without Falling In Love Or Crying. Phew!

I Made It Through These Brain Dissections Without Falling In Love Or Crying. Phew!

Sonja Vernes Report

#9 It's Just Really Hard Working In A Coed Lab Because I'm Too Distracting To The Male Scientists

It's Just Really Hard Working In A Coed Lab Because I'm Too Distracting To The Male Scientists

Danielle Spitzer Report

CherylAnderson 1 year ago

Hilarious!

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#10 Later That Day, I Filled This Bronze Age Ditch With My Womanly Archaeology Tears

Later That Day, I Filled This Bronze Age Ditch With My Womanly Archaeology Tears

Becca Report

Victoria 8 months ago

LOL

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#11 Nothing Like A Sample Tube Full Of Cheetah Poop To Make You #distractinglysexy

Nothing Like A Sample Tube Full Of Cheetah Poop To Make You #distractinglysexy

Sarah Durant Report

#12 Who Can't Resist A Girl With Her Own Supplied Air?

Who Can't Resist A Girl With Her Own Supplied Air?

Geeky Girl Engineer Report

#13 Tears, Laughter, Romance, Dirty Dirty Flotation: Archaeology Makes Me So Hot Right Now

Tears, Laughter, Romance, Dirty Dirty Flotation: Archaeology Makes Me So Hot Right Now

Lorna Richardson Report

LexieMacIver 1 year ago

I think that his real problem is that he cried after so many women rejected him due to all the hairs sticking out of his nose.

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#14 Women Researchers Are Too Hot To Have In The Lab - Even When We're Cold

Women Researchers Are Too Hot To Have In The Lab - Even When We're Cold

Audrey R. Giles Report

#15 #distractinglysexy #womeninscience

#distractinglysexy #womeninscience

Team Neutrophil Report

BeccaBritton 1 year ago

Look at those ankles.. You should be ashamed for being so distractingly sexy.. LOL

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