CNN posts and takes down sexist study of women’s hormones and voting

Do you ever feel like you want to vote for Mitt Romney because it’s that time of the month?  No!? Well, fear not, CNN has got you covered.  Yesterday, before wising up and taking it down, the news giant posted an article, “Do hormones drive women’s votes?” which touted a new study linking voting preferences of women to hormones.  Who knew that my ovulation schedule could be tied to my party preference!

Via Daily Kos:

While the campaigns eagerly pursue female voters, there’s something that may raise the chances for both presidential candidates that’s totally out of their control: women’s ovulation cycles.


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%, 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.

Anyways, the article’s author Elizabeth Landau wants everyone to know that she didn’t mean to offend and was only “reporting” on the new study that’s expected to be published in a peer-reviewed-journal.  Because ya know nothing sexist or racist has ever been published in one of those.

I have to say that with the out right assault on women’s rights this election cycle I could use a little bit more research into why men want to legislate my vagina and a little less of an investigation into why I vote for Democrats because they support choice, instead of because I’m having PMS.

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