Twitter Battle! Women Claim Air Conditioning Is ‘Sexist’ And Makes Them Sick While Men Enjoy The Cold
August 1, 2019 16:55 By Fabiosa
Summer is the season between spring and autumn. It is the hottest of all, characterized by the scorching sun and dry weather.
Being the warmest season, air conditioning becomes not only a necessity but a bone of contention for many.
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The constant air conditioning battle at home and offices
We all have our differences, and so it’s not surprising that the temperature in both homes and offices could cause conflicts most, especially among men and women.
While most women love to keep warm, men are more inclined to enjoy a cold environment.
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Although it might seem like just a simple disagreement, these temperature differences are one of the causes of less productivity at work.
When the temperature is not conducive, there is no way you can efficiently carry out your work.
A real-life air conditioning battle took place when Taylor Lorenz, a staff writer of The Atlantic,took out her frustration on Twitter about how air conditioning is not only bad and unhealthy but also ‘sexist.’
She added that it makes her sick.
Her tweet started an argument and caused some men asked her to wear a sweater.
Taylor Lorenz got irritated by the solution given by some internet users and disclosed that she found it weird that men have a mental breakdown because she’s asking that offices should be made comfortable for women so they could be productive.
Dying at all the men in my mentions having a literal *meltdown* because I suggested raising office temps a few degrees in the summer. No amt of AC on the planet will help men online chill— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) July 8, 2019
However, @Louisathelast was of the opinion that being cold does not make one sick.
Also, being cold does not make you sick. Unless, of course, you are in a Jane Austen novel.— Louisa 🌈👭 (@LouisatheLast) July 8, 2019
But Dr. Talia Jane explained that it could.
well when your body temp drops to a sustained low (as with being in a too-cold space for several hours), the viruses and bacteria that would otherwise be killed off by your higher body temp are able to spread, thus making you sick. so.— dr. talia jane (@itsa_talia) July 8, 2019
A lot of Twitter users aired their opinion. Most of the men argued that they need air conditioning because they had to wear more clothing to look professional and if the women found the office too cold they could opt for sweaters.
Here’s the problem with A/C-haters - when you’re cold, you can add layers/make wardrobe changes and problem. When you’re too hot, especially with office dress codes? There is nothing you can do to change it. Fans don’t usually help.— Jeremy (@DSky3) July 8, 2019
The women, on the other hand, believed that a cold environment makes them unproductive. And that the men could use fans if they were feeling hot.
Like buy a fan. Ur not gonna die lol. I should be able to wear dresses in the summer and not get hypothermia. Weird that making women slightly more comfortable and productive at work causes so many men to have a mental breakdown 🙃 https://t.co/bsWKRjZ6jv— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) July 8, 2019
Science proves that temperatures affect productivity
It has long been debated that temperature affects productivity and that it differs based on gender. Women perform better in warm temperatures while men in cold temperatures.
Well, it seems this is true!
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According to a research carried out to study performance in math, verbal and cognitive reflection, women answered more questions on the math and verbal tests when the room was warmer, while men performed better in a colder environment.
What then is the perfect temperature?
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The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that employers should keep the temperature between 68 and 76F.
It is important that employers should consider the interest of all their employees, whether males or females so they could efficiently carry out their duties.