What is a non-sexist temperature at which to conduct political debate?
Blazer weather or sheath dress weather?
Two degrees colder than the melting point of foundation?
Somewhere between boob sweat and goosebumps?
It is not the “meat locker” temperature reportedly preferred by Governor Andrew Cuomo for big speeches and public events, according to his Democratic challenger Cynthia Nixon.
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Noting that workplaces are “notoriously sexist when it comes to room temperature,” Nixon strategist Rebecca Katz asked WCBS-TV guarantee a temperature of 76 degrees for the Democratic gubernatorial candidates’ first and only debate on Wednesday, according to the The New York Times.
While it is true that some offices determine room temperature based on men’s bodies and men’s dress codes—leaving the rest of us reaching for our A.C. sweater or cardigan—a debate is not just any workplace. (And not are all workplaces air-conditioned!) Debates have bright lights, and high-definition cameras, and the spirited exercise of Democracy.