On Being Distractingly Sexy

An eminent scientist, Sir Tim Hunt, speaking at a conference in Korea about his ‘trouble with girls’ observed: “Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry.” 

The scientific community has been responding on Twitter under the hashtag #distractinglysexy. It’s a lot of fun and the perfect way to show us a glimpse into their working lives. I’ll let these ladies speak for themselves:

10 Replies to “On Being Distractingly Sexy”

  1. You can’t beat Twitter for making people wish they’d chosen their words more carefully. Funny tho’. I like the large paper towel roll tweet.

    1. Thanks – I also found this on the same site too, for people in a reading mode.

      Tim Hunt’s follow up message recorded for the BBC was a missed opportunity for him to set things right – PR advice would have been for him to immediately and wholeheartedly apologise, explain it was a poor joke and clarify as he’s doing in the Guardian piece. First responses matter in a news story – he’s lucky people are writing follow up articles giving him a second chance to set the record straight – that doesn’t always happen.

      The hidden tragedy though is the millions of people who fail to realise their potential because of unconscious bias: society simply being unable to appreciate people’s different styles and contributions. I know this doesn’t just affect women – I wouldn’t suggest that for a moment. If Tim Hunt was a younger person, he’d find a way back in, but because he’s older, many people conclude he’s had his day. That’s a widely held bias too, also affecting millions, and I believe just as mistaken for society and hurtful for the individual.

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