You seriously can not make this stuff up. Here we are, it’s 2019 and I feel like once a week we get a story that makes zero sense and a reach. But this takes the cake. Air Conditoning is now sexist.
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) July 7, 2019
Because, it has to to do with men’s suits in the 1960s and stuff. OK whatever, here’s the source:
NYT – On an overheated planet, air-conditioning becomes more and more desirable, solving in the short term the problem it helped create.
It is another paradox that even as architects and engineers are making ever more efficient buildings to meet energy standards set by cities like New York, where a new law says that buildings over 25,000 square feet must reduce their carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, we are still freezing in our offices. …
There is an oft-cited study published in Nature.com that notes how building temperatures, once set to the comfort preferences of 1960s-era men in suits, disregard the “thermal comfort” of female staffers.
Come summer, Twitter invariably lights up with charges that air-conditioning is sexist, an engine of the patriarchy, in threads that in turn fire up conservative commentators eager to prove the daftness of the opposition.
You can’t make this stuff up. How the New York Times even publishes garbage like this is reprehensible. Oh The Atlantic too:
The Atlantic – Now a new paper confirms what many of us have long suspected. Women don’t just prefer warmer office temperatures. They perform better in them, too.
For the study, published today in the journal PLOS One, the researchers Tom Chang and Agne Kajackaite had 543 college students in Berlin take different types of tests in a room set to various temperatures. …
When the room was warmer, women answered more questions on the math and verbal tests, and got more questions right. … The men, meanwhile, did better at cooler temperatures, but their decrease in performance at warmer temperatures was not as great as women’s gains. …
For employers, these findings mean that by insisting on the subzero fridges you call cubicles, not only are you making half your employees miserable, you are also sacrificing productivity.
Look, the young lady who wrote this article for the Atlantic Taylor Lorenz got a lot of harassment about this (rightfully so). It’s an idiotic article. But, I am pretty sure Air Conditioning is not sexist. Now can us men be selfish? Yes. If you wanna right an article saying men are selfish about temperature I’ll agree with you. No body can touch my thermostat. It’s no joke. It’s not because men are sexist though. Grow up. There’s real problems in the world. Not the air conditioning at your office.