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Office Air Conditioning is Apparently a Sexist Conspiracy
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Women CAN'T be sexist. Duhh
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Damn! No wonder I'm so hen-pecked at home! I don't have an A/C! If I get one of those, I should be alright. Right?
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Where I am, it's too warm for me and still too cold for the women. Can't really win I think.
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Dont worry. These loonies are working hard to make sure that in a year or so, feminism will be something of the past :O
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Eh, seems to be a BS click-bait article: The study they reference was done only looking at 9 workers in a single office.

Every other study I can find done on the subject (and there have been many) indicates maximum average efficiency is at approx. 70-71 degrees Fahrenheit (~21 Celsius). At the 77 degrees Fahrenheit they're suggesting productivity drops to about 98%.

I'm sorry, but I just don't buy their claim that "productivity went up by 150%" at 77 degrees. Their sample size was far too small and their results too wildly different from every other study on the matter to be anything but a fluke.

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This is not a sexist conspiracy, it's an Islamic conspiracy. Obviously we're trying to get our women to cover up more. Next thing you know there will be mandatory burkas in the work place.
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Not necessarily, as you point out, the issue here is that the office would be set at a temperature the person in charge is most comfortable with. The first issue with this is the idea that this is a "habit of a man" when there is no evidence that it is, human nature is selfish and i have met many women who do the same thing. The article itself displays the same kind of selfishness, showing little concern for others comfort, and assuming everyone should be either comfortable with the author's own standards or adapt. Even by your own admission, the person, which in your argument to assume to be a man places the temperature they are most comfortable with assuming everyone else will be comfortable with it as well. However, there is nothing to indicate whether they are male or female plays a part in the decision.

If we accept that as the thesis that temperature is established by the person in charge based on what is comfortable to themselves, then the issue of office temperature cannot be sexist, because it is driven by a single person's individual perception of comfort with little concern to outside influences. That means that if i woman was placed in the same position of power, she would also set the temperature to what she considered to be more comfortable, which would also make people who prefer colder temperatures, which are usually male suffer.

Now, currently there are more men in supervisory positions than women, which would lead to colder offices. However this is not due to sexism but due to opportunity. For it to be a sexism issue, it has to be discriminatory in the basis of sex or gender, but because based on the premise the decision of temperature is a selfish one based on what the person in charge of the thermostat prefers, gender plays no part of it, therefore claiming it to be sexist does not work.

Now, i am not arguing whether office temperature is an issue or not, but whether it is a sexist issue.
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I'm torn between breaking down into hysterics and shooting myself.
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This study and people in general seem to have forgotten women going through menopause experience hot flashes and would welcome the cold air so that they don't finish their work day looking like a professional athlete. I had an instructor for a continuing education class who warned us that she has hot flashes so she kept her classroom fairly cold. She told us the reason was that she "can't take any more clothes off", whereas we could just wear a sweater or something. She never kept it inhumanely cold, and I never needed to wear an outdoor jacket.

Furthermore, I did work in an office where it got a little cold because I was so lucky as to have a desk right next to the A/C. My male boss let me borrow his office sweater for the day and I promised to bring my own because after standing on the different sides of the room I realized that while I might have been cold, it was still pretty warm where my boss sat.
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Another slip on the mountains of evidence that the words sexism and patriarchy are just empty phrases void of any meaning and should be ignored in any rational discussion. I like it, keep it piling up.
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I'm cold. Damn you patriarchy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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