Today is National Women’s Equality Day, which you likely didn’t know because — in keeping with its theme — it had no fanfare whatsoever. There are a million and one obstacles strewn across the path to gender equality: the pay gap, abortion access, unsolicited dick pics, beach garb both too revealing and not revealing enough, and Ryan Lochte, to name a few.
But we’re here to discuss a burden nearly too awful to bear: office air conditioning.
All around the United States, women are forced to don summer cashmere, wool tights, and the occasional balaclava in August because of the male internal temperature. It’s a widespread problem: a much-shared study from 2015 found that the typical office thermostat is tailored for the 40-year-old, 154-pound men — and that ain’t us, you dicks.
While this is clearly a problem for women, it’s an even bigger problem for the planet: Air conditioning accounts for 5 percent of all energy use in the U.S. and spews 100 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.
Watch the video from College Humor above to learn about the plight of your female colleagues. And today, in honor of National Women’s Equality Day, do them and the planet a favor and TURN DOWN THE GODDAMN A/C, CODY.
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