Women scientists everywhere are revealing “distractingly sexy” photos of themselves after a Nobel Prize-winning British scientist said there was “trouble with girls” working in laboratories.
“Three things happen when they are in the lab,” Tim Hunt said Monday at a conference of science journalists. “You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them, they cry.”
Hunt, a biochemist who jointly won the 2001 Nobel for physiology or medicine, has since resigned from his honorary post at University College London.
The 72-year-old said he was just trying to be funny.
But women scientists weren’t laughing. In an industry already facing great gender inequality hurdles, Feminist website Vagenda encouraged them to respond to his comments. By Thursday, the hashtag #distractinglysexy exploded faster than a thermite reaction.
Here are some of the best reactions: