Nobel Prize-winning scientist Tim Hunt recently resigned from his honorary post at University College London because of backlash from comments he made about his "trouble with girls" working in labs.
And now, female scientists are using social media to make their own point about what the 2001 Nobel Prize winner said.
Hunt was speaking at the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea when he made the controversial comments.
"Let me tell you about my trouble with girls," he was reported as saying. "Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them, they cry."
He also called himself a "chauvinist pig," AFP reports. He's since resigned from his post at UCL, which was honorary and didn't carry a salary. He also apologised and called saying what he said "a very stupid thing to do."
"What was intended as a sort of light-hearted, ironic comment was apparently interpreted deadly seriously," he said.
Scientists have co-opted the hashtag #distractinglysexy on Instagram and Twitter, where they're posting self-portraits in their lab whites. Here are some of the best from Instagram.
Sooo, this post is dedicated to Tim Hunt for his distractingly sexist comments in regards to women in the lab. It's a bit ironic that he won a Nobel Prize for studying protein molecules and their role in cell division as that's what I'm currently researching. Here's to being #distractinglysexy, a woman, and confident. I couldn't be more proud that I'm in the midst of becoming a scientist. Meanwhile, Tim Hunt should be ashamed for his belief that sex - segregated labs would be more efficient. #HA
Jane here jumping on a bandwagon for a cause today. Sometimes it takes something crappy like #timhunt's sexism to trigger something awesome like the hilarious and actually really brilliant #distractinglysexy pics being shared all over the Internet now by indignant female scientists everywhere. 6 months pregnant (direct result of being #distractinglysexy!), Clare remains glamorous as ever in the #Sugru labs!
I try to keep my social views out of my yarn and knitting space, because the fiber stuff is a nice escape. But after #TimHunt 's comments on "girl" scientists I'm going have to let my personal views bleed into my yarny instagram. Here it is: me, being #distractinglysexy at work. #science #everydaysexism #tothegirls
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