"Girl" Scientists Are #DistractinglySexy

Sexism seems rampant in the laboratory

"Girl" Scientists Are #DistractinglySexy

Another day, another dinosaur driven to extinction by his own actions. This one happens to have a Nobel Prize under his belt (proof that being one of science's brightest minds doesn't make you the sharpest tool in the lab).
In case you missed it, this is what Tim Hunt had to say at the World Conference of Science Journalists 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 criticize them they cry.”
There is so much wrong with those two sentences, I could write a thesis, but I'll endeavour to be concise.
The fact that Hunt uses the term "girls" is telling in itself. As is the assumption that when the opposite sex works together, it's inevitable that lust will happen, making a professional relationship impossible. 
Sure, it's entirely plausible that Hunt has previously become romantically involved with colleagues in the past. Yet generalizing the fate of all professionals is just gross and incredibly patronizing to men and women alike. It's hardly an argument to keep women out of the field.
And as to the point about women being weepy hormonal messes, who can't take criticism and don't belong in 'serious' careers like Science, I have a few choice words for you, Mr Hunt, and I'm afraid they're not fit to print.

Predictably, the internet went berserk over the comments, with female scientists posting images on social media of themselves doing their jobs under the hashtag.
The backlash led Hunt to resign from his honorary position at University College London. But first he attempted to dig his way out of the hole, claiming his comments were intended to be "light-hearted, ironic."
But that's just like us "girls" to take things too seriously, isn't it?
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Do Mom Bloggers Complain too Much?

It's become taboo to admit you love being a mom

Do Mom Bloggers Complain too Much?


An Australian writer has an axe to grind with mom blogs. For too long the industry has been "underpinned by self-pity. It’s full of whinges and moans and gripes about how tough it is to be a mother, how courageous and selfless we all are and how clueless and unfeeling men are."

She claims the whining - I mean, winning - formula relies on griping about everything from sleep deprivation to crackled breastfeeding nipples in exchange for hits. Book titles like A Pressure Cooker Saved My Life and All Joy and No Fun catalogue all the small mutinies that come with the mom title.

God forbid anyone embraces motherhood and admits to enjoying being a mom or finding it "easy and full of joy." The writer blames mom bloggers for largely stripping the beauty from the agency.

"Sure, it’s all in good fun, but the underlying theme of modern motherhood is that children are a nuisance."

Enter Jacinta Tynan's "breath of fresh air" book Mother Zen to recalibrate the balance and remind women just how rewarding motherhood is and how lucky we are that we get to do it.

The Sky News presenter and mom of two was apparently forced into silence. It started the moment she became pregnant. The tales of woe and fear mongering:  “Kiss goodbye to your life,” people told her. “You will never sleep again;” and “Do you have any idea what you’re in for?” Shortly followed by backlash because she came across as smug for loving her role as a mom. 

“It’s a big taboo to actually say that you’re really enjoying your lot,” she says. “You’re not allowed to say that … it’s like you’ve broken this unwritten motherhood code.”

To some extent, I agree. But she's missing a rather huge, important piece of the puzzle.

Before the advent of brutally honest blogs, moms were trapped in this 1950s ideal of motherhood where everything was Instagram-worthy cupcakes and garden roses. There was no vomit in your shoe, no acknowledgment of the shittier parts of parenting. And moms, particularly those who suffered from postpartum depression, were forced to do their crying in the closet (or shower).

That complaining was not only necessary, but life-affirming for many Betty Draper-esque moms who realized for the first time that it was OK if they didn't feel like vacuuming lampshades in an apron.

But that mom in the apron needs her voice, too, and if she wants to sing the high praises of motherhood while penning love notes to her darling angels, then she should be free to do so without fear of judgment.

And you know what? The reality isn't either/or. We can be both of those moms, loving and loathing, depending when you catch us. We're complex that way.

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RECALL: Pali Design Children's Furniture

Falling Hazard

RECALL: Pali Design Children's Furniture

Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Pali Design have jointly recalled the following models of armoires, dressers and hutches:

Model Number/Product Name - Colours

Milano Collection

  • 101 Milano Combo, 107 Milano - Mocacchino, Natural White

Salerno Collection

  • 201 Salerno Combo, 205 Salerno 5-Drawer Dresser, 206 Salerno 5-Drawer DresserWhite - Mocacchino, Sienna

West Point Collection

  • 705 West Point 5-Drawer Dresser, 706 West Point Double Dresser, 707 West Point Armoire, 709 West Point Hutch - Vintage Cherry, White

Wendy Collection

  • 801 Wendy Combo, 805 Wendy 5-Drawer Dresser, 806 Wendy Double Dresser, 807 Wendy Armoire, 809 Wendy Hutch - Distressed Amber, Distressed White, Chocolate, Cognac

Mantova Collection

  • 1004 Mantova 4-Drawer Dresser, 1006 Mantova Double Dresser - Chocolate, White

Volterra Collection

  • 1203 Volterra 3-Drawer Dresser, 1205 Volterra 5-Drawer Dresser, 1206 Volterra Double Dresser - Vintage Cherry, Mocacchino, White

Karla Collection

  • 1504 Karla 4-Drawer Dresser, 1506 Karla Double Dresser - Cherry


  • 5555 Bookcase/HutchVintage - Cherry, Chocolate, Mocacchino, Sienna,White, Cognac

Model numbers can be found on a white sticker behind the unit in the YYYY-MM-DD format.

The plastic strap used to restrain units to the wall may break, allowing the furniture to tip. Injuries caused by falling furniture can range from bruising and broken bones to head injuries and even death if a child is pinned under a heavy unit.

While there have been no incidents in Canada, a falling unit was reported in the US. No injuries were sustained.

Customers are advised to remove the recalled product immediately and contact Pali Design for a free retrofit kit. The kit contains improved restraint straps, relevant hardware and installation instructions.

For further information, customers may contact Pali Design toll free at (866) 840-4140 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, via email or via Pali's website.

From January 2007 to September 2010, approximately 2,160 items were sold in Canada, and 18,000 in the United States.

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