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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.

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

Nobel scientist Tim Hunt FRS @royalsociety says at Korean women lunch “I’m a chauvinist and keep ‘girls’ single lab

“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.

I am in the office, but I can't do my science work as I saw a photograph of #TimHunt and now I'm in love, dammit https://t.co/vxVI61UwuL

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

We honestly think that you have no place in science. We honestly think that your attitudes are backwards, draconian, and inappropriate.

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

Call for all female scientists to upload pictures of themselves at work with the hashtag #distractinglysexy

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

@alice_culliford #distractinglysexy #womeninscience

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

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

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

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

Here come the sexy astrophysicists:

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

Sexy wildlife biologists:

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

Sexy archeologists at work here, be careful:

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

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

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

"Fell in love with the microcentrifuge... typical woman in the lab."

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

"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!

"To be fair, exploration geology is the sultriest science."

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

"Not to mention getting off... in a helicopter."

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

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

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

Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Sarah Karlan at sarah.karlan@buzzfeed.com.

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