Get your facts straight. He was not "dismissed." He resigned from the UCL. He resigned from the Royal Society. Just as importantly, neither of those positions are real jobs. He's not losing any money from the resignations.
Tim Hunt clarified his original comments in a BBC interview immediately after the conference in Korea. He backed up the original claims by Connie St. Louis and the other witnesses that heard his talk. He confirmed what they had witnessed and reported.
He was given that chance. On the BBC, right after the conference. Listen for yourself: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02tc22c.
He meant the sexist comments. And he used the BBC to assert this.
Tim Hunt backed Connie St. Louis' report. He did so in a BBC interview recorded soon after the shit hit the fan on Twitter. That's the evidence, in full audible glory. He's not under duress. He's not being misquoted. It's 100% calm and collected Tim Hunt repeating his sexist comments. He's not joking as anyone with any first grade grasp on the English language can tell.
Only after it dawned on him that it was 2015 and that sort of stuff doesn't fly anymore that he changed his story.
Actually, he did double-down. Listen to how to says in the BBC interview...
"I did mean the part about having trouble with girls," he said. "It is true that people - I have fallen in love with people in the lab and people in the lab have fallen in love with me and it's very disruptive to the science because it's terribly important that in a lab people are on a level playing field."
He said it. He wasn't joking. He confirmed what the original witnesses in Korea said he said. He double-downed and wanted everyone, via the BBC, to know it.
He changed his story afterwards. And you're buying the revised story.
For those of you who doubt the veracity of Connie St. Louis' claims, they are backed up by credible witnesses (Deborah Blum and Ivan Oransky), including members of the Korean Federation of Women's Science and Technology Association. KOFWST released an open letter demanding an apology from Tim Hunt:
"At a luncheon hosted by the Korea Federation of Women’s Science and Technology Associations (KOFWST) during the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul on June 8, 2015, Nobel Laureate Sir Tim Hunt made some inappropriate remarks over which KOFWST would like to express its very strong regrets.
Furthermore, Tim Hunt's career isn't over because he lost his "honorary appointment" at UCL. For this of you who don't know, an honorary appointment is NOT a real job. It's a title without pay. In other words, it's not a real job. And the UCL Provost has reaffirmed the position that Tim Hunt's comments (UCL Provost Statement)
So Tim Hunt got called out on really stupid remarks and non-apology (“I did mean the part about having trouble with girls.”). He lost a title and his desk at UCL. Sounds about right. What's the lesson to be drawn here? It's time to get over your sexist attitudes about women in science. If that's lost on you, then, at the very least, keep your sexist comments to yourself.
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