Jul 042015

Like with #GamerGate, the Tim Hunt saga is not going away.  An increasing number of scientists and other academics such as Richard Dawkins (as well as other individuals like Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London) are coming out in support of Tim Hunt.  Jonathan Dimbleby has resigned from his honorary fellowship at UCL (University College London) due to how Tim Hunt was treated.  Nassim Taleb, the Distinguised Professor of Risk Engineering at NYU’s School of Engineering is openly boycotting UCL and calling for others to do the same:

This should be no surprise to readers of this blog.  If a few more academics start publicly supporting Tim Hunt, then this situation will become incredibly similar to DongleGate.  The woman is was originally responsible for what happened to Tim Hunt was Connie St. Louis, and she is very similar to Adria Richards.  Connie St. Louis is not a scientist, but a “science journalist” just like how Adria Richards wasn’t a developer but a developer evangelist.  Both women say that they are part of communities (tech in Adria Richards case, scientists in Connie St. Louis’s case), that they really aren’t.  Additionally, Connie St. Francis has been exposed as a liar when someone else provided a complete transcript of what Tim Hunt said.

If DongleGate is anything to go by, then two years from Connie St. Louis will be unemployed like Adria Richards still is.  Of course, like Adria Richards, Connie St. Louis will still view herself as the victim and not the offender she actually is.

  8 Responses to “The Next DongleGate?”

  1. The times, they are a-changing. Good times.

  2. @Pmaft check this out

    Putin equates chauvinism with terrorism & drug trafficking… he also sees chauvinism as a real threat

    Wth has chauvinism to do with world order & global politics, in a major international conference… & why is Putin so concerned about it?…

    “this kind of unstable construction has shown its inability to fight the real threats such as regional conflicts, terrorism, drug trafficking, religious fanaticism, chauvinism and neo-Nazism. […]

    In many parts of the world, people welcomed this, not realising what this could lead to, while in some regions people were frightened that power was seized by extremists, by nationalists and right-wingers including neo-Nazis. People feared for their future and for their families and reacted accordingly.”

    “However, if nationalism means intolerance of other people, chauvinism – this would destroy this country, which was initially formed as a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional state. This would lead us not only into a dead end but also to self-destruction. Russia will do everything possible to make sure it doesn’t happen.”


  3. It warms the cockles of my heart to hear Adria Richards (she of donglegate notoriety) is still unemployed

  4. Adria seems to have learned nothing.

    It is good to see that Hank got another job.

    • Julian O’Dea says:
      Adria seems to have learned nothing.

      Note that she’s the only one mentioned in the article who has not found another job. I’d guess that even feminist outfits wouldn’t want to hire her.

      It is good to see that Hank got another job.

      He has useful skills independent of his status as a public figure.

  5. […] men will get attacked by feminists.  This is why we have #GamerGate, attacks on the tech industry, attacks on open source software, attacks on scientists from Tim Hunt to Matt Taylor, attacks on comics, and so forth.  The craft […]

  6. Because everyone forgot about ShirtGate a few days after it happened. For whatever reason, Donglegate and what happened to Tim Hunt have more staying power.

  7. The Philae lander recently woke up and said hello. Maybe something can be salvaged from the ShirtStorm.


    For whatever reason, Donglegate and what happened to Tim Hunt have more staying power.

    Donglegate is one of the few incidents where the instigator suffered the consequences of her actions. As to Hunt, he’s an academic with male colleagues who are familiar with joining together in associations. They’re far less likely to just take something like this lying down than Matt Taylor is.

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