"I kept going back to that one negative comment, especially the word in all capital letters: POWER. That’s what it comes down to. There were no comments about my male colleagues’ power in the classroom because owning that power is expected of them. It’s okay for them to use “public humiliation” because that is their right. Being an asshole is a good thing. My power made students uncomfortable. Not only am I a female teacher, but I am a young female teacher. I am not much older (and sometimes younger) than my students. This certainly was a factor. Some of the males in the class did not want to take instruction, let alone discipline from a young female teacher who could be their peer because in most situations with females their age, they are in that position of power.Many of the females were unsettled by my authority in the classroom because they are taught not to seek power. More importantly, I realized that my power in the classroom made me uncomfortable."
How Female Professors Can Deal With Sexist Students