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.
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 KoreaImage credits: biozentrum.unibas.ch
The #distractinglysexy hashtag was born in response:Image credits: Twitter
#1 I'm Really Glad That Curie Managed To Take A Break From Crying To Discover Radium And Polonium
#2 Filter Mask Protects Me From Hazardous Chemicals And Muffles My Woman Cries
#3 I Cried When #ebola Patients Died Or When Got Better. I Have Feelings & I Deal W Them
#5 Oh Don't Mind Me. I'm Just Pipetting While Being #distractinglysexy
#6 Still #distractinglysexy After A Full Day Of Cell Culture. Didn't Even Cry This Time, So Proud!
#7 I Fell In Love With The Microcentrifuge... Typical Woman In The Lab
#8 I Made It Through These Brain Dissections Without Falling In Love Or Crying. Phew!
#9 It's Just Really Hard Working In A Coed Lab Because I'm Too Distracting To The Male Scientists
#10 Later That Day, I Filled This Bronze Age Ditch With My Womanly Archaeology Tears