You know how you’re feeling so great when you’re ovulating?! According to CNN when women are ovulating they are more likely to vote liberal. The ovulation and voting report was retracted after CNN was highly criticized for saying that female voters are influenced by ovulation.
“Post removed: Study looks at voting and hormones” the CNN website reads on the page where not so long ago there was an article claiming that female voters tend to be more liberal when they are ovulating. So, if that coincides with the Election Day, female voters would be influenced into voting liberal…
CNN published and then removed a study that claimed female voters are influenced in their political choices by their hormones. The controversial study looked at 275 women and how they’d vote based on the month period. “When women are ovulating, they ‘feel sexier’ and therefore lean more toward liberal attitudes on abortion and marriage equality” it read on the CNN website.
Unfortunately for the CNN writer behind the controversial piece, the article received so much criticism that even Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin pregnancy rape uninspired comments seem less offending. Elizabeth Landau, the CNN reporter who authored the piece, said the she was “reporting on a study to be published in a peer-reviewed journal & included skepticism”.
CNN had to pull down the article linking female ovulation to voting behavior just several hours after it had been published. The website now reads that the “post previously published in this space regarding a study about how hormones may influence voting choices has been removed”. Apparently “some elements of the story did not meet the editorial standards of CNN”.
“I think why people were so offended is the idea that you’re reducing women to their hormones, and this goes back to a very antiquated notion about women’s leadership and abilities” said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics in a statement for FOX 411.
“What it does is reduces women to this notion that their hormonal changes keep them from being taken seriously and they can’t be trusted because of their hormones” she added.
So CNN is now being criticized for “poor judgment” and not taking women seriously. “The whole notion of women and their hormones has been used in the past as an excuse. That’s just absurd, Debbie Walsh added.