It seems to be a time-honored tradition in offices and cubicles across America that women will complain about how chilly it is. Wearing sweaters in the sweltering summer heat, and plugging mini space heaters under their desks are only some of the lengths that our ladies have to go through to stay warm at work.
But maybe this isn’t the way it has to be.
A recently published study confirms that “females prefer a higher room temperature than males in home and office situations,” but central air and heating is programmed to accommodate a 154 pound man wearing multiple layers (i.e. a full business suit).
The variation in temperature preference comes down to the differences in how men and women dress (women often wear skirts with bare legs) and also in their respective metabolic rates. Men have a higher rate than women, often resulting in higher internal body temperatures.
Men are upset that their patriarchal air conditioning system seems to be crumbling before their very eyes. They have taken to Twitter, trying to put the blinders back over our enlightened eyes:
Air conditioning being sexist is probably the dumbest story I've seen broadcast in a long time. I don't wanna be on this planet anymore.
— Sam Thorne (@Strippin) August 5, 2015
Just saw a Sky News piece on Sexist air conditioning.. I honestly though I was watching The Onion for a moment there.
— Martyn Littlewood (@InTheLittleWood) August 5, 2015
But the ladies know where it’s at:
But really, seeing as men aren’t even wearing suits that often, maybe there is a compromise to be had here?