Another day, another article about the gendered impacts of air conditioning.
Here's the story: North American offices are air conditioned to a temperature which is, from a female perspective, too cold. Women shiver at their desks; men are just fine.
It's a serious environmental issue. When women have office space heaters cranked up in July because the air conditioning is unbearably cold, energy is wasted.
The gender gap in temperature attitudes is generally blamed on clothing (women wear light cotton dresses in the summer) or the slower female metabolism (women burn energy more slowly, so feel colder at any given temperature than men do). Another contributing factor is that air conditioning systems are designed for heavy duty cooling, and do not operate well at higher temperatures.