- Created on 14 June 2015
Nobel prize winner, Tim Hunt, has caused mixed emotions with the alleged 'joke' he told on June 9, to the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, South Korea.
"Let me tell you about my trouble with girls", Hunt starts, "three things happen when they are in a lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry."
He has since been met with an onslaught of angry men and women, as well as a worldwide trend on Twitter #distractinglysexy.
Girls tweeted pictures of themselves in all kinds of places, the most popular being female scientists dressed in their work clothes with sometimes sarcastic remarks on how they were "too distracting to male scientists" and how they struggled to find a picture where they weren't "crying".
Hunt's comments were "a disaster for the advancement of women", according to emeritus professor of pharmacology at the University College London, David Colquhoun.
Whilst Hunt has apologised for his remarks, stating that he intended for them to humorous, he's sticking to his guns when he says he "did mean the part about having trouble with girls".
He told The Guardian that since the hashtag went viral he has been "hung out to dry" and hadn't been asked for his "side of affairs".
The 72-year-old has since resigned from his position as Honorary Professor with the University College London Faculty of Life Sciences, which prompted a vitriolic piece from Sarah Vine, who wrote a piece for The Daily Mail claiming that feminists took this too far and are "overreacting to silly behaviour".
In her article she states is that feminists have "bigger fish to fry", and that Hunt is a "certain generation that hasn't quite got its head around the modern world".
The response to Vine's article has also been met with mixed reviews.