According to 72-year-old biochemist and Nobel laureate Tim Hunt, female scientists are distractingly emotional and oversensitive. “Three things happen when they are in the lab: You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them they cry,” he told a group of journalists on Monday. The backlash was swift: He’s already been forced to resign from his post at University College London. Now, women scientists are tweeting sarcastic posts with the hashtag “#distractinglysexy.” Anna Hilborn writes, “I was so #distractinglysexy when collecting cheetah crap that even I lost track of what I was doing and dropped some.” “I’m really glad that Curie managed to take a break from crying to discover radium and polonium #distractinglysexy,” tweeted Amy Remeikis.
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