I have found pouring over the now 10,000+ tweets fascinating. Young (and old) women scientists and engineers are taking pictures of themselves at work and posting them to #distractinglysexy with
comments like "Sorry guys, I know this clean room suit is so revealing #distractinglysexy". Not only are the comments pithy, but the shear range of careers where these women are working is just AMAZING. There are pictures of women in the bush tracking cheetahs, doing liver transplants, sitting inside giant solar death rays, fixing the Giant Hadron Collider, knee deep in archeological digs, in hazmat suits, as firemen, fighting ebola, taking core samples, in scuba gear, on icebergs with huge emperor penguins behind them, and it just goes on and on.
In some ways this would an amazing anthropological or sociology project collecting their images and how the world doesn't see these women at work. Very empowering for anyone who has ever donned a bunny suit (the dust type), had to wear a respirator to work, owns a hard-hat, or tried to explain to a little girl how exciting, adventuresome and sometimes dangerous being a scientist/engineer is. Not the typical image.
I just might have to get a Twitter account now....
|Doing embroidery with a microscope, |
traditional women's work very #distractinglysexy.
|Taking a break from embroidery to do some paintball |
with my robot team. #distractinglysexy in that full face mask!