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This Astrophysicist Just Delivered The Perfect Response To Tim Hunt's Sexist Comments

"You make it so I have to explain to my children that 'Mommy is a scientist'."

Earlier this week, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Tim Hunt made shockingly sexist remarks about female scientists at a conference in Seoul.

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“Let me tell you about my trouble with girls,” he reportedly said. “You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them, they cry!”

Hunt subsequently resigned from his position as a Royal Society Fellow at University College London over the comments, telling the BBC that he "did mean" what he said, but that he was "really sorry".


Scientists were less than impressed by his comments, many sarcastically tweeting photos with the hashtag #DistractinglySexy.

Sarah Tuttle, an astrophysicist from Texas, was among those who took to Twitter to express their anger over Hunt's comments.

She said that it was Hunt, rather than women, who has "no place in science", thanks to his "draconian" and "backwards" attitudes.

Genitalia, she said, have nothing to do with a person's ability to be a scientist.


She also noted that attitudes like Hunt's create a huge problem for women who want to be successful scientists.

She openly expressed the extent of her anger, saying that she was not "going to adorable my way into justifying my existence".


Tuttle highlighted how difficult it can be for a woman to have her voice heard in the scientific community...

...despite the fact that women often hold just as much power as men.

She highlighted the impact of Hunt's attitude on younger generations.

Tuttle has made it clear that she will not be silenced.


She concludes that everybody, regardless of "the shape of your body, the color of your skin, your pronouns", should have their voice heard in science.

"In science, we've seen that people who are less well represented succeed and are supported with cohorts of similar scientists," Tuttle told BuzzFeed News. "People like Tim Hunt think they are the norm, but they are increasingly the exception."

She said Twitter was an excellent platform for raising her voice because it allowed her to speak outside of the science community.

"With Twitter, our cohort can be the world," she said. "It helps us get a toehold and intervene before lives are ruined. People reach out to get a wider net of support."

Tuttle said the response to her comments had generally been heartening, despite "a few people who menaced me for trying to 'ruin a man's life', but that is clearly not my intent".

"We defend power because we hope some day it will be ours."

Read the Storify of Sarah Tuttle's Tim Hunt tweets here.

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