In honor of intellectually squeamish MIT biologist Nancy Hopkins, I officially propose the following addition to the vernacular:
pull a Hopkins
1. to become faint or nauseated upon hearing a statement contrary to one’s ideology or dogma.
2. to leave the room, usually dramatically, because of such faintness or nausea.
3. to feign such faintness or nausea as part of a ploy to establish or reinforce a social convention about the limits of acceptable discourse.
e.g.: “I pulled a Hopkins when I heard Bob say that, even though it has never worked, communism is ‘a good idea.'”
“I just couldn’t breathe because this kind of bias makes me physically ill. I would’ve either blacked out or thrown up.” – Professor Nancy Hopkins, in response to Harvard President Larry Summer’s conjecture that women are scarce in certain mathematical disciplines because of genetic differences between the sexes.