July 23, 2015

WHAT A BUNCH OF SISSIES:

Frigid offices, freezing women, oblivious men: An air-conditioning investigation (Petula Dvorak, July 23, 2015, Washington Post)

You can spot them. The frozen ones who come outside at lunch like sun-seeking turtles, cardigans balled up next to them, bare shoulders defrosting in the noon sunlight, no matter how wilting it is outdoors.

Every single woman I talked to in downtown Washington on a hot, humid July afternoon was thawing out.

"I. Am. Fuh-reezing. Feel my hand, I'm still cold," said Ruth Marshall, 64, who was seated on a park bench, face to the sky. And yes, her hand felt like a cold steak.

"I have to come out here for 30 minutes at a time just to warm up," said Marshall, the director of administration at a construction firm, where the air-conditioning is set to Arctic.

It's the time of year desperate women rely on cardigans, Pashminas and space heaters to make it through the work week in their frigid offices. And their male colleagues barely notice.

Of course, the only ones doing any phtsical labor in the building are men.

Posted by at July 23, 2015 5:43 PM
  

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