Now this really is a sexist plot

Women may have finally smashed through the glass ceiling to join men in the boardroom but when it comes to office temperatures they are yet to come in from the cold.
A new study has shown that air conditioning units are designed for the body temperature and metabolism of men and leave most women shivering .
Most climate control systems in modern offices are based on the resting metabolic rate of a 40-year-old man, which runs up to 30 per cent faster than a woman’s.
So while men are comfortable in the workplace, the majority of women would need conditions to be nearly four degrees warmer, leaving them forced to don jumpers and cardigans in the summer to keep warm.

If this is the sort of thing that’s determined to be a problem now then the world’s pretty much solved, eh?

But they let this one drop at the recent monthly meeting on how we do keep the women oppressed. It’s to make yer nips stick out in yer summer dress, see? Not that I’m supposed to tell you this of course, could get into all sorts of trouble for saying so

Someone at the door, wonder who that could be……

17 thoughts on “Now this really is a sexist plot”

  1. As someone who hates hot climates, it can’t get too cold in the office in summer for me. And if it did, I’d just put a cardi on.

  2. And yet, women of the age that the air-con is supposed to be being rigged in favour of men of (I think that is vaguely grammatical – it’s early) are often to be found clustered around open windows in the depths of winter demanding more and colder air?

  3. Bloke no Longer in Austria

    Someone wrote a study on this ? This is so old news…

    Ihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49OuUOZec8o

    Toiletry habits of genus ursus in arborial environments.

  4. So while men are comfortable in the workplace, the majority of women would need conditions to be nearly four degrees warmer, leaving them forced to don jumpers and cardigans in the summer to keep warm.

    So nothing to do with men wearing suits regardless of the temperature, then?

  5. Bloke in North Dorset

    Its a bit cold for women so they have to put on an extra layer.

    And if they turned up the temp what are men supposed to do? Stripping off probably won’t go down well so well get complaints about them sweating and no doubt studies showing them dehydrating.

    File under so fucking what.

  6. BiND

    Fucking exactly. Are they really proposing that rather than wear a jumper, they want all the blokes sweating like pigs and stinking out the office with BO?

    Jesus feminists are whiny creatures.

  7. Three points, having worked aircon myself by the way:

    1) This is apples and oranges. Basal metabolic rate has nothing to do with perceptions of temperature.

    2) If you’re chilly, covering your arms and upper body makes you feel much warmer. Many young women refuse, for reasons I dare not speculate on, to do this.

    3) If we do accept the conclusions of this study, it is saying that there is no comfortable temperature for both men and women. The only logical policy would be sex segregated office spaces.

  8. This isn’t old news, it’s new news. All the mixed office environments I have worked in were far too hot in order to suit young women who chose to work in flimsy clothes.
    That’s why men habitually leave their jackets on the back of their chair when not attending meetings.

  9. I’m with the girls on this one. Sorry, Patriarchy.

    Much as everybody loves seeing the sweet young 40-year-old divorcees in Accounts displaying their icicle office nips, I hate the cold more.

    I like my office to be as ball-swelteringly tropical as if global warming was real.

    The fact that I’m an ectothermic neoliberal shapeshifting space lizard has nothing to do with it.

  10. “Most climate control systems in modern offices are based on the resting metabolic rate of a 40-year-old man, which runs up to 30 per cent faster than a woman’s.”

    Thermostats have temperature settings, not metabolic rate settings. And, seriously, not 40-year-old man metabolic rate settings, if that is even quantifiable.

  11. The fact is, the article mention talks more about air conditioning in summer than heating in winter. I wonder why? We already know that using energy is a “bad thing” because of global warming. Ergo in summer we should not use the air-con. Period.

    I wonder if the the fact that women suffer from the air con is a happy coincidence? I wonder if the same scientists would say that in winter women can go f*** themselves.

  12. . . . in yer summer dress . . .

    Hmm, obviously nothing to do with, and no connection to, the choices women make for their office apparel.

    Because those 40 year old men? They don’t get to *choose* to wear a T-shirt and jeans to the office.

  13. TDK
    I wonder if the same scientists would say that in winter women can go f*** themselves.

    Of course not.

    That would be insensitive.

    But they’ll certainly tell the men to go F*** themselves if one complains that its too warm in his suit and tie.

  14. I was wrong – it is a demand that office temperatures be set *too high* for normal Englishwomen to accommodate south Asian women. 22C is 72F which may be compared with the deemed comfort temperature for naked humans resting of 70F.
    It is miles too hot for a working environment.

  15. Agammamon wrote: “Because those 40 year old men? They don’t get to *choose* to wear a T-shirt and jeans to the office.”

    The nice thing about establishing yourself in a niche skill in the Civil Service is that yes, you can wear a T-shirt, cargo trousers or jeans, and trainers to the office as an over-forty contractor; and be paid twice the rate of the regular staff while doing so as long as you have the skills, knowledge and/or experience the organisation has meticulously hounded out as ‘expensive’ and ‘irrelevant’ and is yet also now desperate to buy back as temporary staff. Don’t ask me why it’s the policy, just keep sending me lots of money.

    (I actually choose not to do so too often – some of the core staff are good, skilled, experienced people who have merely made the mistake of being loyal to their employer, and boastful self-indulgence is just rude. Many more are young, inexperienced and using their first job with the CS as a launchpad to a proper career, and it’s not fair to give them false expectations of what other employers will put up with.)

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