A biochemist said that women in the lab are a distraction. Female scientists tweeted what they think of that.

A biochemist said that women in the lab are a distraction. Female scientists tweeted what they think of that.
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Sir Tim Hunt, a 72-year-old British biochemist and Nobel Prize-winner, got in trouble with the Internet law this week for a comment he made at the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea.

A biochemist said that women in the lab are a distraction. Female scientists tweeted what they think of that.

Maybe you are the distraction, pal. (via Wikipedia)

Hunt said:

"Three things happen when [women] are in the lab: You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticize them, they cry."

Oh really? Not surprisingly, women—particularly female scientists—were annoyed by this comment, especially considering how seriously underrepresented women are in science.

Hunt kinda sorta apologized (he said he stood by his words but saying them was "a very stupid thing to do in the presence of all those journalists") and resigned from his job as an honorary professor at University College London.

He told BBC Radio 4:

"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."

Here's what some women scientists on Twitter had to say to that (er, once they'd wiped away their tears enough to tweet):

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The real problem with women in the lab? They'll call you out and make you feel stupid.

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