As a female, I can honestly say I feel cold most of the time.
I moved to South Florida one week after my college graduation to escape the cold, but ended up working in an office so frigid I had to wear gloves.
While the scenario “cold girl borrows boy’s jacket” has been used in virtually every romantic comedy, this feeling can be really frustrating in day-to-day life.
Scientific research suggests female coldness is a result of body composition. The female body is designed to keep the reproductive system safe and warm. This means women tend to have more body fat and less muscle, less blood in their bodies, slower circulation, and a slower metabolism.
Combined, these factors limit blood flow to the extremities (making your hands and toes cold) and make it harder to regulate body temperature.
To make matters worse, women maintain a higher base temperature than men. This means women are more sensitive to changes in external temperature.
Think about entering a cold restaurant after walking in the sun. It feels even colder than it should because you were so warm before.
And thanks to the effects of hormones like estrogen, women taking birth control can be even more sensitive to external temperature changes.
Despite the scientific proof that women are almost always uncomfortable, public spaces continue to be set up to accommodate men. Hopefully this trend will change in the future, but for now, I will keep asking to borrow your jacket.