CNN has removed a story titled “Do hormones drive women’s votes?” earlier after they received widespread complaints about the study involved.
While the article about hormonal women voters has since been removed, at least the first two paragraphs have been enshrined in commentary on other websites. The Washington Post notes that the article began:
“While the campaigns eagerly pursue female voters, there’s something that may raise the changes for both presidential candidates that’s totally out of their control: women’s ovulation cycles.
“You read that right. New research suggests that hormones may influence female voting choices differently, depending on whether a woman is single or in a committed relationship.”
The CNN hormones and women post has been removed, replaced with the following comment:
“A post previously published in this space regarding a study about how hormones may influence voting choices has been removed.
“After further review it was determined that some elements of the story did not meet the editorial standards of CNN.
“We thank you for your comments and feedback.”
The article asserted that, based on recent research, women will vote more liberal if they are ovulating, because they “feel sexier,” notes The Huffington Post. The article went on to say:
“… the most controversial part of the study is not only that hormonal cycles are linked to women’s preferences for candidates and voting behaviors, but also that single women who are ovulating are more likely to be socially liberal.”
CNN has since released a statement about the hormones and women post, saying that “leadership, audiences and critics” pointed out that “the piece did not meet the journalistic standards of CNN and should not have appeared on our site.”
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