In a matter of hours, CNN [on Wednesday] 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The story was based on an unpublished scientific study — insert scare quotes as needed — from researchers at the University of Texas, San Antonio that looked at the political tendencies of 275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.
Among the more withering critics was Alexandra Petri of the Washington Post:
This is just more ammunition for my elderly great-aunts to shake at me, demanding that I find myself a man before I go to the polls. “We wouldn’t want you to vote while single!” they shout. “What if the election falls on the wrong Tuesday?”
Here’all that’s left on the CNN website:
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.
One more thing: One of the authors of the study, Kristina Durante, has removed the link to the paper. But this one (emphasis ours) remains at the website Social Psychology Network:
Durante, K. M., Griskevicius, V., Simpson, J. A., Cantu, S M., & Li, N. P. (in press). Ovulation leads women to perceive sexy cads as good dads. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider