On Wednesday, Nobel-winning scientist Sir Tim Hunt officially resigned from his post at University College of London amidst growing controversy sparked by his comments about why “girls” shouldn’t work in the same labs as men. The problem, as he saw it, was:
“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.”
When Hunt later attempted to apologize for the upset during an interview with the BBC, he ended up standing by his initial opinion, saying, “I did mean the part about having trouble with girls.”
As news of his comments (and failed apology) spread, and in the wake of his resignation, the hashtag #DistractinglySexy has exploded thanks to female scientists from all over the world sharing their tongue-in-cheek thoughts about how difficult it is for “girls” to make it through a day on the job without randomly bursting into tears or accidentally seducing a colleague.
Here are some of our favorites:
— Amy Remeikis (@AmyRemeikis) June 11, 2015
— Tom Bishop (@FliesInLakes) June 10, 2015
— Elisabetta (@RunningPostdoc) June 11, 2015
As the weekend approaches, hopefully these ladies will have some time to rest and recuperate before having to brave yet another week of battling their innate hypersensitivity and resisting the urge to scribble the names of their latest crushes all over their lab notebooks.