I thought we had jumped the shark when a high school mascot, a stallion, was deemed “sexist.” I was wrong.
I thought we had jumped the shark when poverty was deemed “sexist.” I was wrong.
I thought we had jumped the shark when politely requesting a political debate was deemed “sexist.” I was wrong.
I now think we have officially jumped the shark because air conditioning use is “notoriously sexist.” Much to my chagrin, I’ll probably be wrong.
According to a New York Times report, negotiations on the upcoming debate between between Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon and incumbent Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo have already taken a turn for the utterly bizarre.
Now, that probably won’t be a total surprise considering the two involved, but the real debae — the only one Cuomo would agree to against his challenger — hasn’t even started yet.
No, rather, things between the two are getting heated… over cooling.
Nixon, former “Sex and the City” actress, and Cuomo are scheduled to debate on Wednesday. The debate will be organized and hosted by WCBS-TV, a local radio station.
Ahead of the debate, Nixon strategist Rebecca Katz sent an email, reportedly obtained by the Times, asking for the room temperature to be set at exactly 76 degrees.
Katz’s reasoning was… less than ideal.
“(Working conditions are) notoriously sexist when it comes to room temperature, so we just want to make sure we’re all on the same page here,” Katz said.
For what it’s worth, Cuomo apparently prefers working in cooler conditions than 76. Apparently, anything lower than 76 is “notoriously sexist,” according to Katz.
What? It’s impossible to denote sarcasm in written text, but this has to be a joke, right? In the sadly likely case that Katz was being dead serious, this is beyond absurd — especially since The Times’ report included no further information about why Nixon preferred a slightly warmer temperature, or why failing to accommodate her would be part of a “notoriously sexist” history.
Apparently, air conditioning is sexist now? Excuse me, “notoriously sexist”?
Last I checked, room temperature is a personal and, I can’t believe I have to add this qualifier, asexual preference. Some people prefer the cool, others prefer the warmth.
Personally, I always prefer things be cooler because of the sound logic that one can always add layers of clothing if it’s too cold. When it’s too warm, there’s only so much clothes you can take off before police have to get involved.
I guess that makes me a notorious sexist, at least according to Katz.
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