McLaughlin told the publication that she's heard from both male and female professors who felt the rating was detrimental.
"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," McLaughlin wrote in an article on edgeforscholars.org.
Some academics have criticized the effort to remove the rating. A report on Poynter.org documented an exchange between McLaughlin and a male professor who said he was "proud of that rating," calling it an "innocuous thing."