Despite Being a Woman (Part II)


Pursuant to the whole Tim Hunt kerfuffle — which we covered here — needless to say, Mark Steyn said it best, and in two short, devastating paragraphs.

By way of background, Nobel Prize winning scientist Tim Hunt said the following at a conference in South Korea:

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 criticise them, they cry.

Here’s Mark Steyn’s first reaction to it:

Not the funniest joke in the world, but the genius of a scientist is often inversely proportional to his social ease. So he did not anticipate that a throwaway line about how girls are so emotional about these things would result in the girls getting so emotional about these things.

Lol! Yep.

Here’s the second paragraph Steyn throws at this:

The Royal Society, the oldest learned society in the world but these days as modish as any social-justice Tweeter, is said to be irked that Sir Tim did not offer a more fulsome apology. Personally, I can’t see why he should apologize at all. If you don’t like his remarks, have at it. But, if you ask me which is worse – a society where old men make harmless démodé semi-jokes that no-one laughs at; or a society that utterly destroys a man for one such irrelevant aside – I know which I prefer: the latter is a profoundly evil place. [red highlight added] University College and the Royal Society should be ashamed.

Both paragraphs are on the nose, and cover the incident, and society’s current state, perfectly.

— xPraetorius

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