English scientist and Nobel laureate Tim Hunt put his foot in his mouth this week when he because deemed women scientists as problematic to work with because of their emotions. In no time, female scientists took to Twitter to answer with the hashtag #DistractinglySexy.
Reports surfaced earlier this week after the 72-year-old university professor, who received a Nobel Prize in Science back in 2001, told attendees at a conference that, “three things happen when they [women] are in the lab, you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry.”
The saga prompted Vagenda magazine, an online UK magazine for feminists, to launch the tongue-in-cheek #DistractinglySexy trend on Twitter, calling on women scientists to post photos of themselves at work in the work gear using the hashtag.
Call for all female scientists to upload pictures of themselves at work with the hashtag #distractinglysexy
— The Vagenda Team (@VagendaMagazine) June 10, 2015
Soon the posts started pouring in.
— Melissa Ⓥ (@melissa_raguet) June 11, 2015
— TK421 (@Riddhiculous) June 11, 2015
— Jessie Rowbum (@wakeyjess) June 11, 2015
— Dawn (@vintagescientis) June 11, 2015
And that is how you win the internet for the week.[Source – BBC, image – Twitter]