Sexist Nobel Prize winner Tim Hunt recently suggested that there are three things that happen when females are in a science lab: “You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them, they cry.” He says he supports single-sex science labs, because he doesn’t want to “stand in the way of women.”
As if he’s such a heartbreaker. Here is what 72-year-old Hunt looks like:
His bloviating rightfully set off cries of sexism, and Hunt soon found himself issuing a half-hearted apology: “I found that these emotional entanglements made life very difficult. I’m really, really sorry I caused any offence, that’s awful. I certainly didn’t mean that. I just meant to be honest, actually.”
This guy is a fellow of the Royal Society, and they are distancing themselves from him, issuing a statement that they are committed to getting more women involved in science. Hunt has since resigned from the prestigious fellowship.
— The Royal Society (@royalsociety) June 11, 2015
And what of the women already actively working in science? They are responding in the best way: with lightness and humor. Do yourself a favor and check out the #distractinglysexy hashtag—it skewers Hunt’s uninformed point of view so tastily.
— Danielle Spitzer (@DNAielleSpitzer) June 11, 2015
— Colleen Morgan (@clmorgan) June 11, 2015
— Cathy Newman ⚜ (@cenewman0) June 11, 2015
— Viola Ross-Smith (@Viola_RS) June 10, 2015
— Bailey-Ann (@baileyanns) June 11, 2015
Photo via Bailey-Ann/Twitter