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Upset by male classmates openly comparing female students according to physical appearance

You don't say where you're going to school but if it's here in the US, I would report the problem to the university and demand they do whatever is necessary to fix it. Title IX requires them to ...
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Is it appropriate to request that the department hire a female faculty member?

the new faculty should be female in order to help address the wildly disproportionate gender ratio in our current faculty. This is not a good reason. Gender imbalance is fought by educating everybody ...
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Gender transition as a starting faculty member: a terrible idea?

How infeasible is transitioning as an early-career faculty member? I transitioned as a postdoc back in 2013, so I did it. Whether or not it's a terrible idea depends on many factors, and just plain ...
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May a man attend a workshop entitled “Young women in [domain]”?

"We encourage all participants - male and female" There is no need to look into it further than that. They encourage you to come and you want to go. I don't see any reason why you wouldn't want to ...
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Upset by male classmates openly comparing female students according to physical appearance

If there is a local Women in Computing or Women in Science and Engineering group you may be able to get face-to-face support and advice. Failing that, I suggest joining Systers. Even if you get ...
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How do I handle a colleague's gender change when citing their paper?

Is it an option to ask M Smith if she would be ok if the first citation were to read as the following? Smith, M. (published G.) 2014, recent advances in foo, international journal of foo sciences ...
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Using nonstandard gender-neutral pronouns to refer to myself in academic writing

It's your decision what to write, but to my mind, adding a note trying to explain your preferred pronouns seems like it puts the emphasis on something which you probably don't want to make the focus. ...
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Should I simply ignore it if authors assume that I'm male in their response to my review of their article?

As a reviewer, you are supposed to comment on academic value and scientific correctness of the manuscript. As a woman, you feel unhappy about authors not guessing a correct pronoun for you and not ...
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Should I simply ignore it if authors assume that I'm male in their response to my review of their article?

I've found that some non-native English speakers use he for they, because that's how they'd do it in their mother tongue. Perhaps mention in your response (alongside any other language/style/etc.) ...
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How do I handle a colleague's gender change when citing their paper?

One of the primary goals of citing literature is to help others find that literature. Citing a paper differently than it exists in a journal is antithetical to this goal. Unless Smith changes George ...
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As a male student, did I say something wrong to this female professor?

From what you've said, it doesn't sound like a sexism issue specifically, but it might have come off that you regarded her sabbatical as a vacation rather than serious work. You might be worrying ...
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Is it appropriate to request that the department hire a female faculty member?

If you write such an open letter and she is hired, there is a risk that rumor will spread that she was only hired because she is female and your open letter will help substantiate that rumor. Such ...
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Is it acceptable for a professor to tell male students to not think that they are smarter than female students?

(edited this answer to consider some points raised in the comments and try to address OP more constructively) Yes, it is acceptable for a professor to work to counter the effects of gender ...
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If you're black, how do you answer "Oh you're a professor? So you teach African Studies?"

What's wrong with a sensible answer: "No, I teach Chemistry."
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What is the purpose of women-only meetings, panels, conferences, etc. in academia?

I actually agree with you completely. I think that the women only conference concept is very well intentioned but in practice kind of terrible. I once went to an all girl hackathon and spent 2 1/2 ...
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May a man attend a workshop entitled “Young women in [domain]”?

Yes, you are definitely welcome to attend. Looking at previous workshops in the "Young Women in..." series, you can see from the photos that some of the participants appear to be male.
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My teaching evaluations arrived and female students statistically gave me worse scores than male students. Is there any possible explanation?

I would hesitate to draw any conclusions whatsoever from one semester. File this away, and check whether it becomes a pattern, and if it does then think about it then when you have more information. ...
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A social experiment. What is the worst that can happen?

I like to think I have a pretty vivid imagination, so the worst thing I can reasonably imagine happening is that you would be seen as trying to perform an experiment with human participants without ...
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Upset by male classmates openly comparing female students according to physical appearance

First of all, acknowledge for yourself that what you're going through is 100% not OK, and you have every right to be upset and looking for a fix ASAP. I start saying this because very often, with any ...
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How to deal with an inappropriate greeting in an email?

Personally, I would address it in a friendly way, but one that makes it clear that you think it's a bit of an odd form of greeting. It doesn't sound like it was intended in an unfriendly or ...
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How to professionally handle sexist remarks by a student?

This is similar to the person of color getting stopped by the police. Is it just a random stop, or is it racism? Very hard to tell without statistics on large sample sizes, or direct evidence of ...
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What to do with a student coming to class in revealing clothing, to the degree that it disrupts the teaching environment?

Unlike my answer here, your problem does not seem to be about the clothing, but rather the disruption. Assuming the student is not breaking the university dress code, then it is not her who is ...
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How to deal with an inappropriate greeting in an email?

I would simply reply: Dear Student, thank you for your email -- I really appreciated it -- but in the future please avoid addressing professors in an unprofessional way, like "lass" or "lad".
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Upset by male classmates openly comparing female students according to physical appearance

I’m not sure what to do. I am friends with some of these men (or so I thought) and have committed to working on software projects with them that I can’t back out of. What do I say? You could try ...
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Should I write that a student is a feminist in my recommendation letter?

First of all, your title doesn't quite match the rest of your question. In your suggested quote you write "she is very interested in advancing women and other minorities in the STEM field," whereas ...
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Is it okay that my supervisor insists for me to work from my room at night?

This sets off all kind of red flags. In the absence of an extremely good rationale, this is very strange and entirely unacceptable. I would recommend that you make an appointment with your graduate ...
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What to do with a student coming to class in revealing clothing, to the degree that it disrupts the teaching environment?

Ignore everyone here and ask your higher-ups what to do. Then do it. And get at least some of the responses in writing so that you can point back to them. I believe this is the only correct and safe ...
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What to do with a student coming to class in revealing clothing, to the degree that it disrupts the teaching environment?

The best thing you can do is the escalate the problem to your superiors, which you already did. Note that in disputes like this (when there is a bad and a worse choice, like you being accused of ...
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