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Office Air Conditioning is Apparently a Sexist Conspiracy
Posted 7/27/15 , edited 7/29/15
The partriachy is oppressing me because its super cold in my classroom so I'm forced to wear a jacket now nobody can see my cute outfit.
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tridragon1 wrote:

Man, shes bang on the money. It's one of the biggest aims men try to accomplish, to make women dress more heavily.


Yes, yes, more wool, cover it up! (drool!)

(Well, gotta admit, it's a change of pace from the usual complaints...)
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Posted 7/27/15
When did the "patriarchy" replace the "illuminati"?
For shame on them
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I don't... Why?
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It's not air conditioned where I work .So no worries.
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hate those air con that we cant adjust ==
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Posted 7/27/15 , edited 8/10/15
So, the patriarchy thesis as I understand it is: Over centuries of situations where men were in power and women basically were not, men have developed unconscious habits which make sense in an environment where men are in power and women are not.

Nobody (sane) is accusing men of any conscious conspiracy, but the unintentional, aggregate effect of these unconscious habits ends up hurting women and driving them out of jobs, even if there is not a single man who thought, "I want to hurt women and drive them out of jobs". To take a blatant example, most heterosexual men (myself included) want to get a date with a woman, and many of us (again, myself included) are attracted to women who have enough in common with us, in interest and ability, to have the same job as us. So, one man asking out one woman who works in the same job, in the same building, next door to him sounds like a good idea for the man, and hey, if she says no, that's fine, I'll respect her decision and we'll both go back to work, so there's nothing wrong with asking, right? Although, you know, maybe in a month or two she'll have gotten to know me better and have reconsidered, so I might as well ask again. And if she still doesn't want me, hey, no pressure, right? From the perspective of the man I was just imagining, it sounds perfectly fine, but what that man didn't realize is that they work on a floor with 9 men and the one woman, and 8 of the 9 men all had the same idea, and this woman has been asked out repeatedly by 8 men and starts feeling harassed. From each man's perspective, he's being perfectly reasonable, but the aggregate of their actions, unintentionally, adds up to harassment.

This concept makes a lot more sense if you're familiar with the concept of emergent behavior. For example, nowhere in the rules of Go does it say, "a group with two eyes cannot be captured" or "a group whose only eye is a 2x2 square can always be captured", but in any game of Go, nobody will ever capture a group with two eyes, and nobody will ever fail to capture a group whose only eye is a 2x2 square unless that person is doing something more important. For those of you who haven't played Go and aren't already familiar with the concept... I'm sorry, I'm not good at explaining.

Now, if it is in fact true that the ideal working temperature for men is 5 degrees (F) or so colder than for women, and if the person who ends up determining (directly or indirectly) what temperature the office gets set at is a man and sets it to the temperature he feels comfortable with, unconsciously assuming the rest of the office is similar to him, then this is exactly what the patriarchy thesis describes: an unconscious habit of a man, which makes perfect sense in a world where only men are in power (working in that office), but whose unintended effect in a world of attempted gender equality is to make life harder for women. It doesn't take a conspiracy to hurt people, but women can still be hurt.
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J-POP187 wrote:

When did the "patriarchy" replace the "illuminati"?]


Oh, you know, the patriarchy, those were the folks in Hollywood who tried to destroy Pixar's Brave!
(Well, the director said so...)
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Posted 7/27/15 , edited 7/28/15
Those evil men. How dare they try to not pass out from this summer heat! If they feel hot, they should just take all their clothes off. Nobody would mind seeing a dude's junk hanging all around in an office environment. If they still feel hot, they should peel off their skin, flesh, and all the other layers until they reach their bones. It's unacceptable that women have to cover up a little just because these sexist men don't want to die!
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Posted 7/27/15
Regardless of sexist theory, if there's an actual productivity issue brought about by poor working conditions, it's really the company's loss.
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Posted 7/27/15
I wish that back in my greasy steelworking days I had AC...
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Posted 7/27/15
They turn the A/C up so everyone's nipples get hard
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