“Let me tell you about my trouble with girls,” he was reported as saying. “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.”
“What was intended as a sort of light-hearted, ironic comment was apparently interpreted deadly seriously,” he said.
Scientists have co-opted the hashtag #devastatinglysexy on Instagram and Twitter, where they’re posting self-portraits in their lab whites. Here are some of the best from Instagram.
“Few things are as #distractinglysexy as breathing your own coffee breath while grinding tiny iron mineral crystals into tinier iron mineral crystals.” – @squeezatz_haderach
“I’m just so #distractinglysexy when I look awkward as heck.” – @thevintagescientist
“#tbt to that day when I was #distractinglysexy at the lab.” – @carolikesbooks
“Can’t get any work done around women.” – @planet_of_awesome
“We were sobbing because men criticised us so we started drinking.” – @dangerousxdani
“Sooo, this post is dedicated to Tim Hunt for his distractingly sexist comments in regards to women in the lab. It’s a bit ironic that he won a Nobel Prize for studying protein molecules and their role in cell division as that’s what I’m currently researching.” – @caitlinsiehr
“Sometimes it takes something crappy like #timhunt’s sexism to trigger something awesome like the hilarious and actually really brilliant #distractinglysexy pics” – @sugru
“[A]fter #TimHunt’s comments on ‘gir’ scientists I’m going to have to let me personal views bleed into my yarney Instagram.” – @boraknits
“Building robots. 3 years in a basement lab, but labmates haven’t fallen in love yet, lol!” – @spaceturing
“Plaster is fun and goopy to work with #andverysciencey #sexyandiknowit #distractinglysexy.” – @archaeoamos
“Stealing the sexy spotlight from my mice yet again.” – @sarahldevos
“Doing some #distractinglysexy polymer synthesis this afternoon.” – @sallywinklr