Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) October 24, 2012
Ugh. It’s really difficult for women to represent themselves as more than just a collection of lady parts when an article like this is published. CNN gave space to an article describing a “study” that suggests women’s voting preferences are dictated by their hormones. Yes, really:
The researchers found that during the fertile time of the month, when levels of the hormone estrogen are high, single women appeared more likely to vote for Obama and committed women appeared more likely to vote for Romney, by a margin of at least 20%, [researcher Kristina Durante] said. This seems to be the driver behind the researchers’ overall observation that single women were inclined toward Obama and committed women leaned toward Romney.
Here’s how Durante explains this: When women are ovulating, they “feel sexier,” and therefore lean more toward liberal attitudes on abortion and marriage equality. Married women have the same hormones firing, but tend to take the opposite viewpoint on these issues, she says.
“I think they’re overcompensating for the increase of the hormones motivating them to have sex with other men,” she said. It’s a way of convincing themselves that they’re not the type to give in to such sexual urges, she said.
So, basically, liberal women want abortions when they’re “feeling sexy,” and conservative women need to work overtime to avoid becoming promiscuous? Huh?
Women on both sides of the political aisle were disgusted:
CNN says women vote according to hormones. Who's a nonsingle, unmarried, queer wonky cycled religious woman supposed to vote for? I'm lost.—
Amadi (@amaditalks) October 24, 2012
OMG, I was totally going to vote for this cute bag! Come on CNN, are you serious? thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/24/do-… "Do Hormones Drive Women's Votes?"—
Adriana Vecc (@AdrianaVecc) October 24, 2012
I would vote…But I just got my period. RT "@JessicaValenti: Actual CNN headline: "Do hormones drive women's votes?" thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/24/do-…"—
Jess Graves (@jesslynngraves) October 24, 2012
Lots of women don't ovulate. In the absence of regularly rupturing follicles, how do they know how to vote?! thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/24/do-…—
Richelle C. Brown (@BirchCelloWren) October 24, 2012
How indeed? Looks like post-menopausal women might as well just stay home (in the kitchen, perhaps).
Women: think you decide how to vote? Apparently not. Your period and relationship status do according to this study.-L thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/24/do-…—
The Abigails (@SaysAbigail) October 24, 2012
Last RT: Fuck off do women's hormones distort their vote. Bloody CNN.—
Hannah Curtis (@Hannah_MCurtis) October 24, 2012
Men were offended as well:
CNN says women vote according to hormones. Because the poor lassies don't have minds,you know. Maybe we shouldn't bother letting them vote.—
Roofer On Fire (@roofer_on_fire) October 24, 2012
Ace of Spades thoroughly shredded this B.S. “study” on his blog. Be sure to read the whole thing.
Number of "Take this w/a grain of salt" caveats before the CNN "Women vote w/hormones" post suggests MAYBE it shouldn't have been posted.—
Daniel Fienberg (@d_fienberg) October 24, 2012
That’s a pretty good theory, right there.
Whatever happened to the idea that women voted based on their morals? CNN should be ashamed for giving any credence to such a sexist piece of pseudo-science.
Update: CNN has quickly pulled the entire article from its site for not meeting “editorial standards.”
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