What a farce!
“It’s strange that such a chauvinist monster like me has been asked to speak to women scientists. 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. Perhaps we should make separate labs for boys and girls?
“Now seriously, I’m impressed by the economic development of Korea. And women scientists played, without doubt an important role in it. Science needs women and you should do science despite all the obstacles, and despite monsters like me.”
The reaction to his 'sexist' comments (which culminated with him being forced to resign) says a lot about the reactionary, trial-by-twitter culture that currently exists. What's more, the mainstream press only seem to encourage snap-judgement over considered objective analysis.
What happened to journalism and identifying the truth? UCL should be ashamed of themselves too, for putting PR ahead their staff.
Yes the comments were ill-conceived but the full quotes paint a very different picture to that reported. What is troubling is mob justice was metred-out based on a selective, misleading version of events with no concern with establishing the whole truth.
I'm not even that bothered about the impact on Sir Tim (whilst a unfortunate incident he'll survive). What frustrates me is many women and girls will have seen the original story, but won't have read the full transcript revealed later. They might have noticed several white, middle-aged men coming to his defence, but how many will have read any of these follow up stories? I'd wager most didn't see them, and the many that didn't dismissed them out-of-hand as simply the chauvinistic privileged elite closing ranks. My worry is the end result is this story has been so keen to highlight sexism in science it's portrayed the field in an inaccurate light. If that negative portrayal has put a single person off pursuing a career in science then that's a damn shame.
The sad irony is, if it has, the blame lies with those who were meaning to achieve the exact opposite.
If having a panto villain to fight against has helped women in science then great. As you suggest if that's come at the expense of one privileged old white man Then I'm OK with that too.
At what point does strength of believe and confidence become delusion and arrogance? My guess is about a decade ago.
Another article about the same thing: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/maxherve-george-the-man-fighting-a-merciless-legal-war-against-insurance-giant-aviva-10168427.html
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