Can an Office Temperature be 'Sexist'?

Cuomo Vs. Nixon: The Great Temperature Debate

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
August 30, 2018 - 2:14 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 ) - OK, it's hot out. Really hot. Record-breaking hot,  which means co-workers are arguing over the office thermostat. The Democratic primary race for New York governor is getting heated. New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon's campaign accuses Governor Cuomo of sexism for wanting their debate to be in a chilly room. Ms Nixon's team emailed organizers to ask that the room be heated to 76F (24C) on Wednesday night.

When news of the request emerged twitter users joined in on both sides of the argument, with many agreeing that public spaces are "too cold" by women's standards.

KDKA Radio's Marty Griffin asks "Who controls the temperature in your environment whether it's at home or at work?"  Many of the thermostat warriors suggests that their wives have the final say. Griffin's wife Kristine is comforable at 73F while he perfers 68F. 

A 2015 study published in the journal Nature Climate Change found that most office buildings still set their temperatures based on men's metabolic rates. It concluded that the average comfortable level for men is about 72F, but women prefer a balmier 77.

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