The Trouble With (Needless to Say) Distractingly Sexy Girls
Michelle La Rue: "Thank goodness for the cold weather gear - otherwise my male teammates (and penguins) might have fallen in love. Big bonus: The goggles hide my lady scientist tears that are frozen to my face."
It seems the trouble with (sorry to say) astonishingly stupid boys, even otherwise high-achieving ones, is that many remain mind-blowingly sexist. Because last month's implosion of misogyny by a Caltech astronomer wasn't enough, we now have British biochemist and Nobel Laureate Sir Tim Hunt describing out loud his "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 criticize them they cry." Hunt, 72, made the remarks June 9 to an audience at the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea, which presumably included no lady-parts writers because how could they possibly understand all that man-talk about math and labs and other STEM-y stuff? With almost all scientific fields mightily struggling with charges of sexism and gender bias, Hunt's comments hit a firestorm of criticism. Afterwards, he called the remarks "very stupid" and explained he'd meant to be "light-hearted (and) ironic," even though he really had found "emotional entanglements (at the lab) made life very difficult." He then resigned his post as honorary professor at University College London.