What’s Current: Studies show student evaluations are biased against female teachers

College and university student evaluations of teaching are not only unreliable, they are significantly biased against female instructors.

Helen Lewis points out that London Bridge terrorist Rachid Redouane abused his wife, like so many terrorists whose first victims are their wives:

“Despite this, talking about male violence in the context of terrorism is treated like derailing – like you’ve mounted your feminist hobby horse when the grown-ups were talking. The people who control the discussion of Islamist terrorism don’t want to talk about this stuff. They see discussion of foreign policy, religion and ‘our values’ like old-fashioned teachers saw Maths and English: proper, respectable subjects. Talking about male violence is a bit . . . film studies. Sociology. You know. Softer, girly, less rational, all the ways we dismiss anything associated with women. And of course elevating it in our discourse would mean ceding some ground in the conversation to the experts in the field – who are largely women.”

Saudi woman Manal al-Sharif dares to drive as act of civil disobedience.

Solidarity at an all-female screening of Wonder Woman:

“One woman said she came to feel a sisterhood. Another said she was there because in her years as a comic book geek, she had only ever watched superhero movies surrounded by guys. Yet another came because she didn’t want to overhear fanboys cracking wise about Gal Gadot’s physique, or, for that matter, that of any other woman onscreen.”

Madrid tackles “el manspreading” on public transportation with new signs.

Susan Cox
Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

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