When you’re a female scientist facing sexist remarks from a Nobel laureate and you are asked to work in single-sex laboratories so you don't cause any distractions, what do you do? Well, you become #distractinglysexy.
Tim Hunt, who won the Nobel prize for medicine in 2001 for his work on how cells divide, triggered a storm when he made disparaging remarks about women scientists at the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea on Monday.
“Trouble with girls is that they fall in love with you and you fall in love with them and then when they are criticised, they cry,” the 72-year-old said. Hunt had to resign from his job in the University College London due to the controversy which followed his comments.
As news of his comments spread across the globe, women scientists took to Twitter with the hashtag #distractinglysexy to mock his remarks.
Here are some of the best tweets:
Following the outrage on Twitter, Hunt issued what some call a “nanopology apology”. He said he was “really sorry” but he “did mean” the remarks which were intended to be “light-hearted”.
"I have fallen in love with people in the lab and people in the lab have fallen in love with me and it's very disruptive to the science because it's terribly important that in a lab people are on a level playing field,” Hunt told BBC.