Gendered Language in Teacher Reviews

Many of my fellow nerds (ahem, professors) have probably already seen or heard about this, but I just have to post a link to this amazing, interactive chart that is chockablock with data about how students writing online evaluations use different words to describe professors of different genders/sexes and in different disciplines.

I linked to one of the iterations of the chart that makes me feel good, but if you search for different words, you can find other patterns that may make you feel good and patterns that may make you want to cry and/or scream. Some of them are unsurprising, but some of them honestly blew my mind. For instance, why would students regularly use ‘the’ more times per million words when evaluating male professors and ‘when’ more times when evaluating female professors?

Lots of food for thought here, so bon appetit!