Not a Times caption: Cynthia Nixon, a whiny American narcissistic feminist actress
A piece in today’s Times. Cynthia Nixon, a whiny American narcissistic feminist actress, hopes to be elected the Governess of New York (doubtless many silly women will vote for her). The start of the article:
Cynthia Nixon made a simple request as she prepared for a crucial debate in the race for the governorship of New York: ensure that the temperature in the hall is a balmy 76F (24C).
Her argument is that some women are cold when air conditioning is set at (say) 20C, while she gives not a thought to the fact that men will be uncomfortably warm at 24C, many of them wearing suits and ties (women, of course, having greater freedom in how to dress). Now which would be easier, making women warm when the aircon is set at 20C, or cooling men when it’s set at 24C? The former, of course (clothing can be very helpful in this regard).
Is Ms Nixon also not being inconsiderate towards fat women? I can’t help but note fat women sporting bare arms outdoors when the weather is cool or even cold, what would happen if they had to sit at length in a temperature of 24C? It doesn’t bear thinking about.
Cynthia Nixon is only displaying female narcissism, of course – “The world must be changed so I feel comfortable. It’s all about ME! ME!! ME!!!”
The remainder of the piece:
Ms Nixon was thinking not only of her own comfort. The actress seeking the Democratic nomination was striking a blow for women shivering at their desks in office environments designed around the metabolisms of men.
Rebecca Katz, her top strategist, said that the temperatures of working conditions were “notoriously sexist” in an email to the television station that was hosting the debate.
This was not just about the temperature in one particular room but rather an entire system of air conditioning that creates chauvinistically frigid workplaces.
A study in 2015 suggested that office thermostats were generally set according to the metabolism of a 40-year-old man who weighs 11 stone.
Ms Nixon’s campaign team expected that the debating hall on Long Island would be frosty. Her opponent, Andrew Cuomo, the governor who is expected to be a presidential contender, agreed to take part in only one debate.
“CBS management has acknowledged that the only way to get Governor Cuomo to show up is by giving him everything he wants,” Ms Katz said in a statement. The governor is known to like the cold. State senators attending his first State of the State speech in 2011 complained that the chamber was freezing. Some wore hats and scarves: one reporter saw a guest in a wool-trimmed ski jacket.
He is not the only man accused of chilling his workforce. Jeff Immelt, who headed General Electric until last year, was said to keep his boardrooms so cold that his staff wore fleeces. Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook, keeps his offices at 59F (15C), according to Sheryl Sandberg, the company’s chief operating officer.
Margaret Thatcher was another cold air ruler, defying the standard for her sex. “One should always be a little bit hungry and a little bit cold,” she said, according to Matthew Parris, the Times columnist who was a clerk in her office before she became prime minister.
Mr Cuomo’s campaign team mocked Ms Nixon’s plea for hot air. Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for the governor, said that his opponent, best known for her role as Miranda in Sex And The City, thrived on “melodrama”. She wrote on Twitter that the temperature in New York was in the nineties. “Forecast: extremely feminist,” she posted.
The email request, reported by The New York Times, won immediate support from women who complained of lugging their own heaters into the office each summer. Ms Nixon, 52, also had several male scientists on her side.
George Havenith, a professor of environmental physiology at Loughborough University, east London, said that she was right. “Females need a higher temperature than males,” he said. “The average female is smaller than the average male. They generate less heat and they lose heat a little easier.”
We need more women in politics. Women are strong. Women are amazing. Women can’t adapt to the temperature of their surroundings.
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