When we think about a Nobel Prize winner, we think of someone with a superior intellect. Someone who worked for many years or even decades on something that contributed to the advance of humankind, whether on the field of Medicine, Economics or Literature. We hardly think of someone prejudiced and sexist who would make statements like “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.” Plus, someone who openly defends segregation in labs.
Unfortunately, that was precisely what Nobel Prize of Medicine and University College London professor said. Tim Hunt, ladies and gentlemen, showed the world that a fool will always be a fool, whether he has an IQ of 90 or 150, and that feminism can't be outdated, because there's still a long way to go to reach gender equality (the number of women on the top of the hierarchy, whether on companies, labs, parliaments or universities, don't lie).
However, the best outcome of this episode is not finding just that, nor finding that there are people who still never heard of nose scissors (please look closely at the Laureate photo). The best is what women scientists from all over the world did on Twitter under #distractinglysexy. That's what I call fighting stupidity with humor.