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Tim Hunt's Witch Hunt

Tim Hunt's Witch Hunt

Nobel Prizewinning scientist Tim Hunt joked that men and women in the same lab tend to fall in love, and that tends to get in the way of their work. He also said that when female lab workers get criticized, they tend to cry. As a result of this criticism, women cried, and Mr. Hunt resigned within days. Was Mr. Hunt wrong? I once told a female friend about a program I created called Equations of Peace, aimed at helping girls in conflict areas study math. My friend thought that I didn't know enough to create such a program. When I defended my decision, she started to cry. I've never personally seen a man cry who wasn't cradling his dead son. Women do cry. Feminist...

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