Editor’s Note: CNN has removed the piece in question. We reflect on it over here.
Remember how everything from the way you dress to the foods you eat to the men you date can all be traced back to what’s going on with your ovaries? According to a soon-to-be-published study, ovulation is also one of the driving factors behind how you vote. Because apparently ovulation is better at understanding foreign policy, economic plans, reproductive health issues, and voting record? Yeah, I’m going to go ahead and call BS on this. And on CNN’s coverage of it.
Apparently, the lead researcher of the study is pretty into looking at how ovulation turns women into hormone-fueled robots whose brains are firmly rooted in their wombs. Kristina Durante of the University of Texas, San Antonio, is also the lady behind that one study about how women buy sexier clothes when their eggs are bursting forth into their fallopian tubes.
But, because we’re just two weeks out from a major election and everyone is trying to hone in on the nation’s collective political fever (guilty as charged), she’s turned her attention toward how hormones influence our decisions at the ballot box. And boy do they, according to her! And, kind of, according to CNN and its lack of skepticism.
From CNN’s story, regarding Durante’s study–which, by the way, did a pretty disappointing job pointing out the many, many flaws with this hypothesis and conclusion:
The researchers found that during the fertile time of the month…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.
But why? Why would America’s single women–who, ostensibly, need access to affordable women’s health care and are concerned about the gender pay gap, both of which are subjects where the current President receives better marks overall–vote for Obama?
Obviously, because they “feel sexier,” according to CNN and Durante, and thus, they care more about abortion and other social issues. Because abortion is probably about the sexiest thing I can think of, and only fertile trollops care about reproductive health, right?
To which I say: No. Sure, hormones may drive small decisions in the lives of women–like whether or not to get that extra shot of espresso, and maybe even whether or not to wear heels to work–and yes, there are plenty of undecided voters out there who may be swayed by minor things.
But when it comes to voting for a Presidential candidate, I’m pretty sure most of us are more interested in how the candidates will benefit us and how they stack up with our own morals and objectives.
There are a lot more nuanced reasons why women vote the way they do. And suggesting that all it takes to get female voters to cast their ballot in the favor of one candidate or another is to ensure that election day falls close to their fertile time of the month is just a hop, skip, and a tampon ad away from deciding that we’re just too hysterical to vote at all.
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