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Monday, July 9, 2018

Rate My Professors Drops 'Hotness' Rating 72 Hours After Vanderbilt Prof Started Social Media Outcry

RateEdge for Scholars, I Killed the Chili Pepper on Rate My Professors:

I did not kill the chili pepper on RateMyProfessors. You did.

Today we had small but important victory in getting the folks at RateMyProfessors to take down the chili peppers students use to evaluate professors’ ‘hotness.’ Within 72 hours of being called out by 14,000 academics and students, they pulled a thorn from the side of women in education. I am grateful that MTV and Viacom recognized that telling students that evaluating professors based on their looks has aged poorly. In the age of #MeToo, #TimesUp and #MeTooSTEM, we know better, so we must do better.

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I have a sense of humor. Its certainly of no benefit. In turn, its time for people "lighten up." Not everyone is a victim and crying foul all the time diminishes the real victims. Suppressing these things can often "drive it underground" and make situations far worse.

Posted by: Tom N. | Jul 9, 2018 1:14:56 PM

Political correctness has arrived.

Posted by: Ted Quick | Jul 10, 2018 4:09:24 AM

That would have more meaning if academia hadn't massaged the ethics of professor/student relationships. At UT in '97 the standard was "permissable if not currently taking one of your classes".

As Noonan once said, this opened the door to Mischief. In walked Mischief.

It's a mentor/acolyte relationship. Any relationship is abusive

Posted by: Fen | Jul 10, 2018 4:20:55 AM

I feel completely and thoroughly chastised for even having thoughts about chili peppers and Rate My Professors. I abase myself before The Goddess of Political Correctness!

Posted by: curmudgeoninchief | Jul 10, 2018 7:34:10 AM

Life is hard enough for ... female professors?

Please tell us of your plight.

Posted by: Mojavewolf | Jul 10, 2018 8:35:52 AM

The chili peppers were stupid. I'm glad they're gone.

Posted by: Catherine Christopher | Jul 10, 2018 8:43:29 AM

This story provides further evidence, if any were needed, that student evaluations of professors are worse than useless. I never read mine.

Posted by: Douglas Levene | Jul 10, 2018 10:35:28 AM