Washington Post Writer Claims “Air Conditioning is Another Big, Sexist Plot”

Petula Dvorak, writing for the Washington Post, believes that she has discovered another sexist plot by men: cold air conditioning. In her over 30-paragraph article titled “Frigid offices, freezing women, oblivious men: An air-conditioning investigation,” Dvorak argues that men put air conditioning at cold temperatures, completely uncaring of whether women are cold.

At no point does Dvorak consider that women could actually wear clothes that would make them warm in the office. Instead, the emphasis is on the faults of men.

Dvorak writes that women “actually dress for the season — linens, sundresses, flowy silk shirts, short-sleeve tops — changing their wardrobes to fit the sweltering temperatures around them. And then there are the men,” she complains, “stalwart in their business armor, manipulating their environment for their own comfort, heaven forbid they make any adjustments in what they wear.”
An air conditioner
Instead of a compromise between men and women, Dvorak wonders why men don’t simply kowtow to the wishes of their female coworkers.

“Air conditioning is another big, sexist plot,” she explains, continuing, “Setting the temperature to suit men is wrong in ways that go far beyond summer fashion.”

Men need to take a chance and change. “Come on, men, be bold,” she writes.

Dvorak concludes, “I’m talking short suits. They’re adorable! Plus, we’d all love to see your knees, guys.”


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  1. I imagine women in their 40's appreciate the AC.