The Witch Hunt for Tim Hunt FRS

Compare and contrast:

A molecular biologist who won the 2001 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine for his work on the proteins that control cell division gives a talk in which he makes a rather tasteless joke about women in the lab and how he would prefer . Instead of a public apology — which would have been reasonable — he finds himself out of a job.

Meanwhile, an idiot journalist who has never produced anything of value in her life called for a year of publishing only female authors. Consequences? None. An art director at the self-proclaimed leading publication house of speculative fiction finds it necessary to accuse writers she dislikes of neo-Nazism and white supremacism — accusations that make about as much sense as calling Elton John a womanizer, except that they are 1000x nastier — and suffers what consequences? None, unless one applies that word to  the elder statesman of the house disassociating himself from her statements and having her issue a ‘non-apology apology’.

A society that ostracizes the makers and coddles unproductive critics is indeed “on a downward spiral”. Who is John Galt again?

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