After British scientist Tim Hunt opined on "trouble with girls" in science labs — "they fall in love with you and when you criticize them, they cry" — scientists mocked the Nobel winner with their photos of how "distractingly sexy" they are at work.
Hunt resigned from his honorary post at University College London on Thursday after saying: "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." The Nobel laureate stood by his assertion that having women in labs is "very disruptive to the science."
The scientists posting to the #distractinglysexy hashtag, however, are showing themselves actually doing science.
The hashtag was coined on Twitter by a feminist magazine.
Call for all female scientists to upload pictures of themselves at work with the hashtag #distractinglysexy— @VagendaMagazine
Some posted photos wearing gear required for work, which, while functional, isn't exactly revealing.
Others dressed just the way they wanted and were still able to get the science done.
Many tweets took the form of mock laboratory warning signs.
Twitter is getting really good at creating funny satirical hashtags w/ a positive spin in response to sexism in science. #distractinglysexy— @kejames