CNN Pulls Story on Arousal Gap
Well, I didn’t know this, but I do now. CNN had to pull a story that they had on their website after reader backlash. “Following a firestorm of negative feedback, CNN hastily deleted from its website late Wednesday virtually all mention of a study about the effect hormones have on women’s political preferences. ‘A post previously published in this space regarding a study about how hormones may influence voting choices has been removed,’ a message posted on the website at 8:15 p.m. read. ‘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 study, authored by researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio, used an ‘Internet survey of 275 women who were not taking hormonal contraception and had regular menstrual cycles’ to mine its data.”
That was the sample group, 275 women not taking hormonal contraception. For those of you in Rio Linda, what that means is they were not taking a pill. Condom didn’t matter. Taking a pill, [sic] regular menstrual cycles, 275. “The results showed that ovulating single women tend to support President Barack Obama because, in the words of lead researcher Kristina Durante, they feel ‘sexier.'” This is the arousal gap. Now, look, Dawn’s in there rolling her eyes. You’re probably getting mad at me. This is a female study conducted by female scientists, conceived by a female. It’s not some man sitting around, “Let’s go get 275 women who are ovulating and having menstrual cycles and they’re not taking a pill, let’s ask them about their political views.” It was a woman doing this.
Don’t get mad at me. It wasn’t the Romney campaign doing this. It wasn’t the neocons. It wasn’t Todd Akin. Todd Akin wasn’t involved in this. CNN’s taken this down now ’cause there were complaints. “The results showed that ovulating single women tend to support President Barack Obama because, in the words of lead researcher Kristina Durante, they feel ‘sexier.’ Heightened sexual feelings, according to Durante, lead women to support politicians who advocate for easy access to birth control and abortion. CNN pointed readers to an article it published about a separate Durante study — which is still available on CNN’s website — that showed women also buy ‘sexier clothes’ when ovulating.”