It has been almost two weeks since the Washington Post ran its initial article decrying air conditioning as part of a “big, sexist plot.” Since then, various other news sources have joined in on the conspiracy.
In addition to the Chicago Tribune, Jezebel and the Telegraph, The New York Times, Vox, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Chron.com, the Denver Post, Metro, BBC, the Irish Times, NPR and the Scientific American have all vocalized concerns over whether air conditioning units perpetuate the patriarchy.
In fact, according to Google results, as of 1:00 p.m. on Aug. 4, approximately 166 articles have been written involving the words “air conditioning” and “sexist.”
The air condition sexism debacle has also debuted on television.
CBS News gave the theory time on air:
So did SkyNews:
This newly generated interest in the “air conditioning sexism” debate comes after the journal Nature Climate Change published a scientific study which claims, “Standard values for one of its [indoor climate regulations] primary variables—metabolic rate—are based on an average male, and may overestimate female metabolic rate by up to 35%.” According to some, this is definitive proof that air conditioning is “sexist.”