Know your hashtag: #DistractinglySexy

Sir Tim Hunt is a Nobel Prize winning biochemist. Speaking about women in science at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, Sir Tim had this to say:

“It’s strange that such a chauvinist monster like me has been asked to speak to women scientists. Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. 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. Perhaps we should make separate labs for boys and girls?

Since journalist Connie St Louis broke the story at the conference, Sir Tim has resigned from his posts at the Royal Society and University College London (UCL), Richard Dawkins and Brian Cox have come to the biochemist’s defense (Tim was being ironic), Connie has called for more women in the Royal Society and #DistractinglySexy has become a thing.

Watch this #DistractinglySexy video:

What: The so called girls in science are posting pictures of themselves at work showing how #DistractinglySexy they are.

Why: In response to Sir Tim Hunt’s sexist remarks, but as Connie St Louis says, this speaks to a bigger issue, sexism against women in the workplace.

Here are some of our favourites:








Send us your #DistractinglySexy pics.






  • Reply Numinex July 21, 2015 at 11:40

    The saddest bit here is that this guy has had his life and career ruined by jokingly making a (admittedly stupid) remark.

    • Reply Tech Girl July 21, 2015 at 12:05

      A highly respected public figure stands up and says women shouldnt be allowed in STEM fields because they cry and you fall in love with them? He should have known better.

      • Reply Numinex July 21, 2015 at 12:10

        Did he ever say they SHOULDN’T be allowed in STEM-fields? He has explained what happened. Though context rarely matters to the internet hate mob. This is a part of the quote that was left out: “Science needs women, and you should do science, despite all the obstacles, and despite monsters like me!”

        • Reply Tech Girl July 21, 2015 at 12:14

          I spoke about this in depth on radio last night. I’m going to try hunt down the podcast. From a personal view – I get he was making a joke but it directly fed stereotypes that it shouldn’t have.

          Saying that – it was possibly the best PR/Marketing move for highlighting women in STEM because the hashtag is so much fun and shows girls and women how many females are actively in the fields and doing incredible work.

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