Is there anything that progressives can’t blame on men? According to New York Times writer Pam Belluck, even your chilly workplace is the fault of men.
This isn’t an exaggeration, the New York Times is promoting the article on Twitter with these exact words:
“Chilly at work? Blame men.”
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 3, 2015
Here’s an excerpt from the story:
Chilly at Work? Office Formula Was Devised for Men
Summers are hot in Omaha, where heat indexes can top 100 degrees. But Molly Mahannah is prepared.
At the office, she bundles up in cardigans or an oversized sweatshirt from her file drawer. Then, she says, “I have a huge blanket at my desk that I’ve got myself wrapped in like a burrito.” Recently, “I was so cold, I was like ‘I’m just going to sit in my car in like 100-degree heat for like five minutes, and bake.’”
Ms. Mahannah, 24, who posted on Twitter that at work she felt like an icy White Walker from “Game of Thrones,” said a female co-worker at her digital marketing agency cloaked herself in sweaters, too. But the men? “They’re in, like, shorts.”
The article goes on to associate this absurd suggestion with global warming:
Right. It happens every summer: Offices turn on the air-conditioning, and women freeze into Popsicles.
Finally, scientists (two men, for the record) are urging an end to the Great Arctic Office Conspiracy. Their study, published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, says that most office buildings set temperatures based on a decades-old formula that uses the metabolic rates of men. The study concludes that buildings should “reduce gender-discriminating bias in thermal comfort” because setting temperatures at slightly warmer levels can help combat global warming.
It’s difficult to imagine a news outlet like the New York Times advising readers to “blame women” for anything, isn’t it?