A Note to Tim Hunt (and other self-satisfied "chauvinists")

Let me tell you about my trouble with boys.

Three things happen when they are in the lab. You fall in love with science, they sexually harass you, and when you criticize them, they cry! (And issue rape and death threats.)

I don't want to stand in the way of men. I'm a feminist - keep sexist asshats 'single' labs.

Separate but equal labs with no funding or prestigious awards for the sexist asshats, and real labs for the rest of humanity is the way to go!

These are light-hearted, ironic comments. I cannot help it if my audience interprets them as deadly serious.

I do mean the part about having trouble with boys. It's true I have fallen in love with science and that boys in the lab have sexually harassed me. It's very disruptive to science, because it's terribly important in the lab that people are on a level playing field, and I've found that these emotional entanglements have made life difficult. Not to say dangerous, at times.

I'm really sorry that I caused any offense, that's awful. I just meant to be honest, actually.

h/t @virginiahughes for alerting me to this latest outbreak of Nobelinania. Look out Jim Watson, you've got competition!

4 responses so far

  • Pascale says:

    Glad to see you back online and raising hell!

  • Conn Suits says:

    Exactly perfect!

    I can't wait till the labs are segregated between the Humans and the Asshats. Then there will no doubt be factional disputes and schisms within the Asshat world. The Inane Nobelists will wish to segregate themselves from the Hoi Polloi Asshats.

    Also if Hunter wants to stop in-lab romance and his process for that is single-sex labs, is this a guys so out of touch with current reality he thinks there are no gay people? Or no gay people in labs? Don't let's forget, his cyclins work was in the 60s. But I'm saying that in a lighthearted way. 😊

    • Zuska says:

      Factional disputes & schisms between the asshats, while the rest of us get to go about our work - that sounds delightful!

      And no: there are no gay people in Hunt's bizarro world. Only hot heterosexual women derailing his alpha male heterosexual work, and beta male heterosexual competition.

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