Women Scientists Are Tweeting “Sexy” Photos Of Themselves At Work To Shut Down Sexism

Marine biologists, archeologists, and many others are posting images with the hashtag #DistractinglySexy in response to comments made by British scientist Tim Hunt earlier this week.

If you missed it, earlier this week Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Tim Hunt made sexist remarks during a conference in Seoul.

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

Not a great statement to make at a conference honoring women in science.

Many women in the field took to Twitter to give Hunt a piece of their mind:

So online magazine Vagenda suggested that women scientists upload pictures of themselves at work with the hashtag #DistractinglySexy in protest:

In response, women scientists quickly began tweeting photos of themselves in their very sexy work attire:

@alice_culliford #distractinglysexy #womeninscience

— Team Neutrophil (@teamneutrophil)

Thankfully, worker bees are all female, otherwise... #distractinglysexy #timhunt

— Emily Remnant (@EmsyRemsy)

It's just really hard working in a coed lab because I'm too distracting to the male scientists #distractinglysexy

— Danielle Spitzer (@dspitzzz)

Here I am again being #distractinglysexy in Level B PPE. Because who can't resist a girl with her own supplied air?

— Geeky Girl Engineer (@gkygirlengineer)

#distractinglysexy I cried when #Ebola patients died or when got better.I have feelings & I deal w them.So should you

— Elisabetta (@RunningPostdoc)

Here come the sexy astrophysicists:

Gets hot up in here when working on UVcalibration in the clean lab. #distractinglysexy How bout them apples #TimHunt?

— Rocket Scientista (@rockstarscience)

Sexy wildlife biologists:

Nothing like a sample tube full of cheetah poop to make you #distractinglysexy

— Sarah Durant (@SarahMDurant)

Sexy archeologists at work here, be careful:

Later that day, I filled this Bronze Age ditch with my womanly archaeology tears #distractinglysexy

— Becca⚡️ (@BeccaPritchy)

Don’t even get us started on Marie Curie, that cutie:

I'm really glad that Curie managed to take a break from crying to discover radium and polonium #distractinglysexy

— Amy Remeikis (@AmyRemeikis)

The only thing better than the images being shared are the sarcastic captions that go along with them.

“Filter mask protects me from hazardous materials and muffles my woman cries.”

Filter mask protects me from hazardous chemicals and muffles my woman cries. Double win! #DistractinglySexy

— Amelia Cervera (@ameliacervera)

“Fell in love with the microcentrifuge… typical woman in the lab.”

I fell in love with the microcentrifuge... typical woman in the lab. #DistractinglySexy

— Point Mutation (@Point_Mutation)

“Women researchers are too hot to have in the lab — even when we’re cold.”

#DistractinglySexy Women researchers are too hot to have in the lab - even when we're cold. So long, Dr. Hunt!

— Audrey R. Giles (@Audrey_Giles)

“To be fair, exploration geology is the sultriest science.”

To be fair, exploration geology *is* the sultriest science. #DistractinglySexy

— Sach (@viscouslover)

“Not to mention getting off… in a helicopter.”

Not to mentions getting off... in a helicopter. #DistractinglySexy

— Sach (@viscouslover)

After the uproar over his comments, Tim Hunt resigned from his position as honorary professor at University College London.

But hopefully everyone heeds his advice and preps their lab spaces accordingly.

To save you all time, I have designed an easy to print off sign for your lab. You are welcome. #distractinglysexy

— Steve Diggle (@stevediggle)

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Vagenda magazine for comment on its original tweet.

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