This week, The Washington Post spent two days, three articles and over 1,500 words (some of which manages to quote itself) explaining that air conditioning is sexist because sometimes, in the summer, women think offices are too cold while men do not.
Air conditioning is another big, sexist plot, revealed WaPo local writer Petula Dvorak in a Thursday column.
Then, on Friday, Dvorak claimedone man wantsto hold menopausal women responsible for cold offices but he iswrong, see, because the real problem is men who dress in suits.
Every single woman I talked to in downtown Washington on a hot, humid July afternoon was thawing out, Dvorak initially explained after herinvestigation into sexist air conditioning which involved speaking randomly to some people at lunch.
For example, 64-year-old Ruth Marshalls hand felt like a cold steak as she sat on a park bench outside her office recuperating from a hyperborean office climate. Marshall blamed testosterone-toting people for the frosty office air.
However, a guy in a navy suit eating a taco said he felt his office temperature was reasonable.
Dvorak then did what any columnist for the Post would do, she contacted Emilys List a group dedicated to expanding abortion rights.
The abortion advocates at Emilys List told Dvorak their office is too cold and they are unable to control the thermostat in their offices.
Then, on Friday, Dvorak doubled down, calling air conditioning the Manspreading of Summer 15.
She wrote that she had received plenty of correspondence from readers on the subject. One male reader, for example, blamed fat, menopausal women for cold offices (and hospitals).
Im not buying the idea that its menopausal tyrants seizing control of thermostats, especially not in corporate settings, the WaPo journalist contended. It think its pretty reasonable to assume that men control the temperature around them to keep them comfortable in the business attire they feel bound to wear.
After bleating about how women were once expected to wear attire that was asconservative as the clothesmen in office settings must still wear, Dvorak assertedthat women in offices are now free from many of societys sartorial expectations.
The answer is shorts, Dvorak has argued.
In both of her columns, shesuggestedthat men should wearshort sleeves and adorable suits featuring shorts because wed all love to see your knees, guys.
In a related Washington Post story with a poll (and with several recycled paragraphs), over 70 percent of self-selected readers say their offices are too cold.
Dvorak describes herself as someone who writes about homeless shelters, gun control, high heels, high school choirs, the politics of parenting, jails, abortion clinics, mayors, modern families, strip clubs and gas prices.
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