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:



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