Warming up

It would seem that men and women run at different temperatures. This seems to be a universal truth. I am warmer than Katherine at almost all times. And that’s because, like most girls, Katherine is a radiator. All of her heat is being transmitted outwards.*

So what do we do about this? We turn the heating on. Or we don’t if we’re fourstar. The problem is that this isn’t necessarily the correct approach. Christine complained that is not necessarily the right thing to do because men quite often then go on to make the women feel guilty. Christine would rather put a coat on and be done with it. But if men see a woman with a coat on indoors they would want to turn the heat up to “do the right thing”. But then they have to take clothes off.

In my office our desk is populated currently by three males and one female. And the thermostat has been turned up so the coldest person is warm. This means that we were actually running desk fans while it was snowing outside. Surely this isn’t right? I’m not sure I know what the solution is. But maybe you do?

* The reason for this is that men’s fat deposits tend to be stored in a couple of key areas (mainly the stomach) whereas women’s are more evenly distributed. Added to which, women also have thicker subcutaneous (under the skin) fat deposits as standard than men. This means that the fat is near the surface. And the fat is your insulation. Now it seems counter-intuitive to think that this everywhere insulation is worse. But it is, because more heat is gathered from the outside world than is created by you. So women are insulating against the heat source. Whoops.

4 thoughts on “Warming up

  1. kris says:

    Wearing a coat indoors is just silly. But what's wrong with putting on a pully, eh?

  2. Nick Ollivère says:

    Good article on ideas of warmth here:Why do women always feel colder than men?For some reason I always thought it was because women's bodies move warmth towards their reproductive organs when it starts to get cold, but I can't remember where I read this.Solution: live in different rooms of the house?

  3. Christine says:

    There is no solution to this. It is an eternal problem that no doubt goes back to the days of the cave people. Cave women no doubt wanted to just stick on another animal skin, whilst the men stoked up the fire.

  4. Steven Roy says:

    I am always cold and always have the heating turned up so I guess I am the exception to the rule. It is not really ideal to be born and brought up in the frozen north and not like the cold but that is how it is.

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