Once upon a time, there was a scientist who lived in England. The name of this scientist was Tim Hunt and in 2001 he won a Nobel Prize for discovering protein molecules that control the division of cells, which contributed a lot to cancer treatment medicine. Congratulations to Mr. Scientist!
This year Tim Hunt attended the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, South Korea, after all he was a scientist! Mr. Scientist, had a big problem in his life, which he had to confess during the WCSJ President lunch, sponsored by Korean female scientists and engineers. And the 72 year old man, who contributed his life to science confessed:
“Let me tell you about my 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.” He also added that he was in favor of single-sex labs, and that he did not want to stand in the way of women.
This declaration could not be accepted anywhere, yet there are so many places that it could be declared. But amongst all of the places, giving out a declaration like this on a lunch sponsored by female scientist and engineers? What a brilliant example of how a male scientist’s mind works! Congratulations to Mr. Scientist!
Once upon a time, there once lived some women who could have gained access to education decades after men, showed interest in science! How dare they show interest in science in these patriarchal times? How dare they work in the same laboratories with men?
Dear women, as you can see, even our existence is an excuse for men to get distracted! We make them fall in love with us, we fall in love with them and we withhold them from saving the world! By the way, we are so emotional, such drama queens! How dare we show our emotions and cry? Our intolerance to criticism prevents men to do science! If we were not to cry, in a parallel universe, men would have formed an alternative way of living in a different planet! All of this is the fault of the women! Shame on us!
So many people believe that misogyny and sexism exists only among the uneducated people who are in the socio-economically lower class. They think all problems would be solved with education! Of course, they’re right, education is the key. There you go, take this educated, elite man; he’s the answer to all of your solution plans!
Women, whom were righteously raged by Tim Hunt’s “confession” showed their anger through media and press, and of course there was a backlash on social media. Women, with the call of Vagenda Magazine have started a hashtag #distractinglysexy and female scientists from all around the world started tweeting their photos from work place with this hashtag.
Tim Hunt, quite upset with the reactions, gave out a statement. I guess we broke his heart. He got quite “emotional.” He said: “[Falling in love] is very disruptive to the science, because it’s terribly important that in a lab people are on a level playing field and I find that these emotional entanglements make life very difficult. I’m really sorry that caused any offense, that’s awful, I didn’t mean to, I just meant to be honest.”
So basically what he says is that women, just by being women, provoke emotions. Not just provoke emotions, they show it!
Women, just by wearing miniskirts, provoke men’s desire. Not just provoke desire, they enable rape!
I don’t think I’d be able to discuss feminism with anyone who does not see the relation between these two sayings. Being raped, having a job and increasing unemployment, working in a lab and preventing science… All is the fault of the women!
Probably Mr. Hunt would know the story of Marie Sklodowska-Curie, yet I’m sure there are some parts he’s missed out. Marie Sklodowska-Curie is a well known physicist and chemist, known for her discoveries on radioactivity. She’s the first women to win the Nobel Prize, and again the first and only women to win it for twice. She’s also the first person who’s won the Nobel Prize in multiple sciences. Does Mr. Hunt know that while Marie Sklodowska-Curie put milestones on the history of the research of radioactivity, she’s worked collaboratively with her husband Pierre Curie? Does he know that even though she was a graduate of the Sorbonne University, she was not eligible to become a professor and only after the sudden death of her husband, she could take his position to become the first female professor in Sorbonne? One love, one man, one woman, two kids and lots of emotions have contributed to science, without any distractions!
Probably Mr. Hunt would know the story of Lise Meitner, yet I’m sure there are some parts he’s missed out. She was a scientist working on radioactivity and nuclear physics, and she worked collaboratively with her male colleagues on nuclear fission, and the result was a Nobel Prize on 1938. But guess what? Lise Meitner did not win the prize, her contribution to the research was completely ignored just because she was a women! The truth could publicly come out on 1997 finally and here’s the prize she won: the name of the element 109 was changed to meitnerium after her name. Women do cry dear Mr. Hunt; they’re not ashamed to cry, not because they’re women, but because they are not afraid to hide their emotions like macho men are trying to! Yet you should know that Lise Meitner, whose work has been ignored, did not shed a tear and kept up her fight!
The problem is not us women being “distractively sexy” Mr. Hunt, the problem is that your attention span is affected by external factors, to the extent that you get distracted with the existence of a woman! Well you’re a scientist after all; maybe it’s time that you research about your attention problem: sexism!