Leslie Carol Botha: On the other hand we know that men have two heads…. where are the studies on whether they vote with their brain or their penis? There are also studies on testosterone’s impact on the rise and fall of the stock market. What is most disparaging is how a hormonal woman is portrayed. Wonder how women on hormone suppressants vote?
Read the comments on the retracted CNN story here:
CNN Retracts Story About Hormonal Women Voters
Adam Clark Estes
Oct 24, 2012
In a matter of hours, CNN published and removed a story about how hormones influence women voters, one that made claims about how women tend to lean liberal when ovulating because they “feel sexier.” The story was based on an unpublished scientific study — insert scare quotes as needed — from researchers at the University of Texas, San Antonio that looked at the political tendencies of 275 women at various stages of their menstrual cycle. Broadly speaking, the study concluded that, yes, women’s voting patterns do vary based on their hormones, and CNN galvanized the idea with a blog post flanked by pictures of Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Or, in the words of Jezebel, “CNN Thinks Crazy Ladies Can’t Help Voting With Their Vaginas Instead of Their Brains.”
Jezebel was not alone in criticizing CNN’s coverage of the study. The Washington Post‘s Alexandra Petri sounded a little more than sarcastic when she wrote, “What if there’s an accident at the hormone factory and we wind up electing Michael Fassbender and doing unspeakable things to Medicaid?” New York Magazine’s Kat Stoeffel quipped, “Female voters! Kindly tell Nate Silver the date of your last period and your relationship status so he can figure out once and for all who’s gonna win this thing November 6.” MSNBC’s Jamil Smith tweeted, “CNN should be embarrassed for even asking whether hormones drive women’s votes, much less publishing a post about it.” There’s plenty more where that came from.
Science: female voters will determine this election cycle
“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.
“Scientists surveyed 502 women, on the Internet, who had regular periods and who weren’t taking hormonal contraception: ‘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%.’”
CNN Reports Women Voters Apparently Incapable Of Cognition, According To LOL Science [UPDATED]
Posted: 10/24/2012 5:28 pm EDT Updated: 10/25/2012 1:15 am EDT
‘Sup, girl. You feelin’ sexy today? Do you feel like your womb is a verdant, flowering pasture of fertility? Are all those fuzzy little chemicals burning around your brainpan sending you free and easy vibes today? Or do you feel as if your maidenhead is a barren tundra upon which a seed can find no purchase? Answering these questions are going to determine how your pretty little brain is going to operate once you get into that voting booth on Election Day, according to cutting-edge CNN science.
Wednesday, over at CNN, they are asking, “Do hormones drive women’s votes?” They are doing this because the debates are over, and there’s nothing more to do than idly wonder as to whether estrogen levels are going to lead ladies to vote one way or the other. I mean, you could, I suppose, poll women, or have a focus group with women, or even just talk to a woman. But then, these interlocutors would inevitably ask, “Why am I listening to this lady talk about politics?” Let’s leave it to weird pseudo-scientific speculation, instead.