Correspondence rips apart Nature’s coverage over Tim Hunt’s remarks – in Nature #distractinglysexy

Check out the somewhat scathing correspondence from Rebecca Williams Jackson in Nature over Nature’s publication of remarks not the sexist remarks of Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt.

Whether or not Hunt was joking and whether or not he apologized satisfactorily are beside the point. Neither is it likely that such outdated and seemingly entrenched attitudes can be dispelled by practical attempts to counter gender inequality in science (see Nature 5222552015 and D. HiltonNature 52372015).

Conspicuous by its absence in Nature so far is this: a woman commenting on the harm done by the flippant public denigration of women in science by a prominent scientist who is male.