The Sexist Reason You're Always Freezing at Work

Sacha Strebe

If you live in L.A. or anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, you're probably peering out the window right now at another perfectly sunny summer's day, so why are you all bundled up in sweaters, scarves, and snuggies? For years women have lamented the arctic temperatures of their office air conditioning, and in an effort to stop our fingers from freezing at the keyboard, we resort to layering, or storing spare coats and blankets in our desk drawers to combat the icy chill. This phenomenon is so well known among office women that you can even buy a USB-heated shawl and lap blanket. Meanwhile the men at work shrug off our wintry woes and parade around in shorts. So why do women turn into icicles while men feel normal? Well, according to a recent study published in Nature Climate Change and covered by The New York Times, "Most office buildings set their thermostats using a formula based on the metabolic rate of a 40-year-old man" and buildings should “reduce gender-discriminating bias in thermal comfort” because "setting temperatures at slightly warmer levels can help combat global warming." So, ladies, we think it's time you ditched the blanket and rallied for warmer temperature settings at work.

To read more about the results of this study, visit The New York Times.

Are you always cold at work? Do you have to take in a blanket or sweater? Let us know in the comments.

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