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Female Scientists Fire Back Hilariously After Tim Hunt's Sexist Comments

MOLLY MULSHINE, BUSINESS INSIDER
11 JUN 2015

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.

 

#tbt to that day when I was #distractinglysexy at the lab.

A photo posted by CaroGomez (@carolikesbooks) on

 

#TimHunt we were sobbing because men criticized us so we stared drinking #DistractinglySexy

A photo posted by Dani (@dangerousxdani) on

 

Doing some #distractinglysexy polymer synthesis this afternoon. #todayinlab #phd #womeninSTEM #engineering

A photo posted by Sally (@sallywinklr) on

 

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