Female scientists mock sexist Nobel Prize winner with #DistractinglySexy hashtag

Tim Hunt's comments about women in science are atrocious.


Dylan Love


Published Jun 13, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 2:28 pm CDT

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.

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.

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Photo via Bailey-Ann/Twitter

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*First Published: Jun 13, 2015, 3:51 pm CDT