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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Setting the Air Conditioning

For John, BLUFKeep it cool so those who need can bundle up, rather than having individual strip down at work.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

At Louder With Crowder, Mr Steven Crowder gives us "#SJW Feminists Now Claim Air Conditioning is Sexist.  Yes Really…".  He is referring to Ms Petula Dvorak and her July 23 item in The Washington Post on office Summer air conditioning.

It is all about men disregarding the needs of women.  Ms Dvorak even cites a study, although I am doubtful of the assertion that changing office temperatures from "from 68 to 77 degrees, typos went down by 44 percent and productivity went up by 150 percent."

Temperature matters, as does humidity.  When I was first stationed in Naples, Italy, back in the 1970s, I scoffed at "Summer Hours".  Almost put my eye out, falling asleep on my pencil.  And the Naples latitude is on a par with New York City, north of DC by several hours.  And DC is humid during the Summer.

In fact, from Columbia University a Lecturer, Ms Sharyn O'Halloran, states (Link here):

Some argue with the advent of air conditioning, Congress could stay in session over the summer, making it a viable legislative entity.
That was when the legislature became more of a place to stay, rather than to pass through.  Ask yourself if that was good for the Citizens.

However, Ms Dvorak calls for men to change.

But come on, men, be bold.

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

That would draw a major disapproval from Law Professor (and Blogger) Ann Althouse.

Professor Althouse is, of course, correct.

Regards  —  Cliff

  SJW being an abbreviation for Social Justice Warrior.
  How do you read "productivity went up by 150 percent?  I take that to me that if the baseline was 100, the office was actually, under the new temperature, doing 250.  That does seem like an awful lot.  I would have been doubtful if she had said productivity went up 50%, but, 150 would have made major headlines and resulted in major changes across the Fruited Plain.

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