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October 24th, 2012
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  1. katrina

    yes, because we're all rabid chocolate seeking ovulating period monsters, definitely not educated citizens of this country
    ...this is so offensive

    you know what drives votes of women in the us? the same thing that drives the votes of men.

    October 24, 2012 at 15:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jaanc

      absolutely... surprised to see such an opinion on a lib rag like CNN (no pun intended..)

      October 24, 2012 at 15:56 | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Thank you! Please stop associating women's voter behavior on women's body parts.

      October 24, 2012 at 15:59 | Report abuse |
    • Annirich

      I'm with ya' kiddo. This is sooooo insulting on soooo many levels! I'm past menopause, way past, so with lack of hormones what is my vote based on??? Hmmmm......couldn't be based on let's see uh...information? Facts? Policy? Research? I'm voting Romney. Now do you want my reasons? 1) he's a business man; 2) he's a creator of jobs; 3) I was around when he turned the Olympics around-he can do the job; 4) he truly cares for America; 5) his character is beyond reproach as is his integrity; 6) his tax policies will result in growth for our country and the by-product will be that overseas business will return; 7) developing our own energy in our own country will not only create jobs for our own people unlike Obama who sent both Brazil and Venezuala $2 BILLION, but it will make the US independent. And guess what, all of those reasons had nothing whatsoever to do with hormones!

      October 24, 2012 at 15:59 | Report abuse |
    • julie

      Totally agree. There is a huge difference between a 13 yr old girl voting for American Idol and an adult woman voting for the President of the USA. SMH. These articles only fuel men who don't want a woman in the white house.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:04 | Report abuse |
    • M

      Agreed!

      October 24, 2012 at 16:09 | Report abuse |
    • sharkfisher

      Katrina I don't blame you for being offended. I am a man and this garbage offends me .Like anyone with a half a brain,I know that most women vote with their brains and their hearts as most men do. For some screwball to suggest otherwise is an insult to ALL women and men.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:21 | Report abuse |
    • stayfree

      "rabid chocolate seeking ovulating period monsters"
      I so wish I had thought of this. Thank you for the lol.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:22 | Report abuse |
    • lastofsane

      The fact that so many more single women are in favor of four more years of the current administration is inexplicable beyond human understanding, unless we are to assume that they are indeed voting based on relatively unimportant social issues such as taxpayer funded contraception and the like. But I must disagree with the previous reply. If one were to hear just the speaking voices from a conversation between a 13 year old girl a modern adult woman, amidst the extraneous 'likes', 'yaknows' and 'like-soooos' being spoken, one would be hard pressed to distinguish the adult from the child.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:30 | Report abuse |
    • AC

      Agreed! Can't believe this is published on CNN!! How offensive!

      October 24, 2012 at 16:37 | Report abuse |
    • Marshall

      This is not offensive, it's just science. Your post reinforces the stereotypes about women- that they tend to have outbursts dictted by emotion rather than logic.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:38 | Report abuse |
    • SR

      Could you please settle down and make some snacks for the World Series game tonight? Thanks honey.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:39 | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      While this study likely has some truth to it I know its not the sole factor. Men also engage in chemical induced decisions but at the end of the day its not the driver of the decision. I know there was also a study recently that asked people to look at a picture and decide a persons affiliation. The researchers concluded that the reason people could predict womans political affiliation was based on how attractive they were. The research tended to show uglier more manly looking woman vote more liberal whereas more culturally attractive woman were more conservative. Research is research it shows something but is not infallible and is almost always determined by the bias of the researcher. I would advise the woman in this article take out their tampon and realize its one study and is not the end all be all of peoples opinion or of facts. Relax hell cosmo on a monthly basis bashes men on about every level and we take it in stride.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:43 | Report abuse |
    • Mika

      I agree with you. As if a woman's vote is such a flight of fancy, that it swings wildly back and forth during her menstrual cycle, rather than being based on a lifetime of beliefs and values and thoughtful long-term reasoning as to who the best candidate may be for our country. There is a mountain of differences between a single research study and what actually happens in reality, and I am disheartened, Dr. Gupta, that you would not explore that concept further before writing an article that puts women in such a state of disadvantage. Less than 100 years ago, our country finally allowed women to vote in these elections...and we're still fighting to insure our vote is taken seriously.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:54 | Report abuse |
  2. Annirich

    "New research suggest that hormones may influence female voting choices differently"

    notice the word "may"? How insulting! For cripes sakes, women, other than Sandra Fluke, make decisions accordingly with their BRAINS!

    October 24, 2012 at 15:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SFlu

      Don't get me involved with your issues

      October 24, 2012 at 15:54 | Report abuse |
    • Robin

      What's with the reference to Ms. Fluke? Are you saying that she's the only one who makes decisions with her brain or that she's one that doesn't?
      Clarify, please.

      October 24, 2012 at 15:55 | Report abuse |
    • Annirich

      Robin: Sandra Fluke obviously thinks either with her va gina or with her hormones. Why she thinks I should pay for her birth control is beyond me. She is a 30-year old woman and a lawyer at that. She can da mn well pay for herself!

      October 24, 2012 at 16:02 | Report abuse |
    • logicgirl

      Your comment is pretty much pointless and more likely says more about your lack of brain power than Sandra's. Primarily because at no point did Sandra ask you (or anyone else) to pay for her birth control. She asked for Insurance to cover it at her college – you know, the one you don't pay for. People pay insurance premiums to insurers who then make a choice about what to cover based on formulas they determine to be in their best interest.

      10 to 1 you never actually watched her speak and just read it on the internet somewhere.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:18 | Report abuse |
    • A thinking woman

      That comment is pretty ignorant. Insurance should cover BCPs just like any other prescription medication. My insurance DOES cover it, but I used to be a student at Georgetown and it was infuriating that it was not covered by insurance. I paid costly insurance premiums and there was no reason why I had to pay out of pocket for BCPs rather than a copay.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:28 | Report abuse |
    • Manda

      You're ignorant. Good job.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:44 | Report abuse |
    • BJean

      I believe that most insurance policies have paid for mens vasectomies, penile implants & viagra for years. Why should a woman's contraceptive be any different?

      October 24, 2012 at 17:58 | Report abuse |
  3. the GOP need to pack up and leave

    Women cycle once a month.
    Men cycle every 20 minutes.

    Men should NOT be allowed to vote since they're too emotionally hormonal to make an rational decision.

    October 24, 2012 at 15:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JASerenity

      I agree. Where are the studies on the impact of testosterone on men's judgments? When do we learn the contribution of male hormonal fluctuations on things like road rage, impulsive buying behavior, and yes, voting? We've all seen it - we don't want to BE it!

      October 24, 2012 at 16:15 | Report abuse |
    • sharkfisher

      Reply to GOP needs. Your comment is as about as ignorant as the article . There are as many men offended as women by this kind of trash. But you are just as good at spewing lies and filth.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:40 | Report abuse |
  4. Horbie

    I didn't think woman could even vote. When did that happen?

    October 24, 2012 at 16:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Annirich

      LOL.....and I imagine there are a lot of guys out there that wish we still didn't!

      October 24, 2012 at 16:04 | Report abuse |
    • guna

      in freaking 1996. terrible year

      October 24, 2012 at 16:05 | Report abuse |
  5. dasea

    I don't know how women's hormones effects the vote, but If I don't get some tang soon I'll shoot someone.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Clarke

    Single women don't have a man influence who they vote for. Married women, some not all, are influenced by the male, ESP if he is GOP. There my comment is as stupid as your research, and I bet you got a grant from the government to pay for it. Men have two brains and the one between the shoulders doesn't work to often. Well I sure feel better.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • sharkfisher

      Well Clarke that statement shows how small a brain that rolls around in that hollow gourd that replaced your head. If brains were leather you couldn't saddle an ant!

      October 24, 2012 at 16:46 | Report abuse |
  7. d

    OFFENSIVE to women everywhere. What happened to CNN?

    October 24, 2012 at 16:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • the GOP need to pack up and leave

      Did CNN get bought out by the Koch brothers? This sounds like something you'd hear on talk radio or Faux news.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:21 | Report abuse |
    • OvernOut

      Was this article meant as a parody?

      October 24, 2012 at 16:30 | Report abuse |
  8. erikc

    It's hard to understand why this article was posted. The underlying assumption is that women have some sort of built-in irrationality factor, with the further implication that men don't. If you are going to write something like this, you'd better have a massive amount of evidence to back up your claim.
    Remember that political polling is a fuzzy science at best, even without the pseudo-science cited here.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sporkdelis

      I guess I should tell all the women that keep sending me political crap on Facebook all the time that they've messed up and should be changing parties once a month. Obviously, the other guy becomes "oh so dreamy" then so the fact that there are real religious, social and personal issues effecting their values 3/4 of the time should just be completely counteracted because they're in heat.
      I'm wondering what questions they asked. This couldn't have been based on "who would you vote for?" oh now you're ovulating "Who is it now?" This has to be based on a collection of questions and saying that a slight conservative lean is a Yay Romney and a slight liberal lean is a full on switch to Obama. Just because people's opinions on how important a certain topic are switch from "somewhat important" to 'somewhat unimportant" doesn't represent a full party switch.
      I want to know where i can read this research... obviously Marshall thinks he has, so it must be easy to get to. It isn't linked in the article.

      October 24, 2012 at 17:24 | Report abuse |
  9. stayfree

    A quick search on Kristina Durante yielded my conclusion that according to all her research, pretty much everything we do is because of our menstrual cycle. I'm actually typing with my ovaries right now.

    Insulting? Sure. Worth my energy? Nah.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. ceya

    As a working married woman (with children) who voted for Obama in 2008 and will vote for Obama again now – I find this "theory" insulting, patronizing and condescending. I vote with my intelligence, my conscience, and for my family's future – and the future of the working class and the poor in America. I have NO desire at all to see Romney in office. I do think it's high time we had a woman president – women manage families, businesses, cities and states. A woman can manage a nation just as well!

    October 24, 2012 at 16:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marshall

      Get back in the kitchen.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:40 | Report abuse |
  11. lucidanne

    I don't even know what to say to this. This is a completely inflammatory article. It makes me never want to come to this website again. I think I am done with CNN.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Belicose Ornery Opprobrious

    Not suprising.

    Men with testicles vote GOP. Eunuchs vote for Barky and Crazy Uncle Senile.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Gerri

    Well, there went my faith in CNN. Is there not one news agency that will not print something, because it's just too outrageous? Or is that now the only point of "news". Now you've reached the level of Rush Limbaugh. Congratulations.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Fedup

    I can’t believe CNN even gave room for such a story. How ridiculously insulting, especially at a time when women’s rights are under attack. Shameful.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Amanda

    This article is just plain ridiculous. Why is there even funding going to this kind of research? Not only is it insulting to women and our intelligence but it's embarrasing that science finds this a worthy study to be PUBLISHED. One would assume and hope that both men and women vote based on facts and important issues for our country. Something that would not be based on whether or not they feel "sexy" (read: liberal apparently) at the time they cast their vote.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. JMS

    Please tell me my tax dollars didn't pay for this. I also agree why would CNN ever allow this to be posted.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Scott in Texas

    I didn't know Josef Mengele had children.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Cora

    This article is lamer than Hephaetus.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Jenny R

    This has got to be one of the stupidest studies I have seen and I'm disappointed in the editors of this journal for giving into what seems to me a transparent attempt to get pageviews and press by agreeing to publish it right now. If this were at all true, you would see women's preferences flipflopping every two weeks. Ask the women you know if they've changed their minds back and forth every two weeks. I would bet you a package of PMS pills they haven't.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Linda

    I think they found this research in Mitten's binder full of women. This has to be the dumbest thing I've ever read!

    October 24, 2012 at 16:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Krystal Gray

    Did my crazy grandpa put you up to this?? This has to be a joke.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Gvh

    I may be generalizing here, but wouldn't a married woman not using hormonal contraception tend to be more conservative anyway – or were all the women surveyed trying for a baby? And if not, were they using any other sort of contraception?

    October 24, 2012 at 16:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • the GOP need to pack up and leave

      At this point in time, I find it hard to believe that ANY woman would be a member of the conservative side.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:23 | Report abuse |
  23. LaLa

    What an insulting question. As if my ability to make decisions depends on my cycle. Next they'll propose that powerful women make decisions based on their hormones. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Deana

    I'd wondered why I radically change all of my deeply-held beliefs every month. Thanks again for your ace reporting, CNN!

    October 24, 2012 at 16:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Duh Cnn

    What kind of a question is this? Of course yes yes yes – hormones drive every single thing that those woman creatures do.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Debby

    What kind of article is this. As a woman my vote goes to the candidate that will help this country. This has got to be the worse article on women CNN has ever written. Sad.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. DANIEL W SMITH

    This seams like there is a pretty simple explanation as mentioned in the article. This likely comes down to finances. It is well known that being married has a huge impact on finances. For example married person makes 26% more money, while spending less housing, food and taxes. It is probably pretty clear in this election that less money you have the more likely you would be to vote for Obama.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Karen

    I have NEVER commented on a story before.....but this.......I couldn't resist....so unbelievably ridiculous......I have voted Democrat for 35 years and will never change from that......this is insulting...stupid to even publish!

    October 24, 2012 at 16:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • the GOP need to pack up and leave

      I've never voted a straight ticket until this election when I voted all democrat. This decision built over the last 20 years, not over the last 20 seconds. Hormones do NOT dictate a female's decisions.

      I wonder, though... since men cycle every 20 minutes and suffer from low testosterone as they get older, how does that affect their voting "decisions."

      October 24, 2012 at 16:28 | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Just demonstrates what a fool you are. How embarrassing to let your friends know.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:31 | Report abuse |
  29. Jay

    I am seeing a lot of comments that are allowed to be posted by females, but why so little male comments? All I'm seeing is women proving this article right by not only losing their nerve and acting brash, but I have seen one comment bashing men.

    If you want to prove this article wrong, stop behaving like your hormones are in control of you. There was an opinion article on CNN called: Are Men Stupid?

    I did not see a ton of females come to the aid of men. In fact, many agreed with the article. The difference is this study; while controversial, is backed up with scientific studies. The truth hurts is a saying we've all heard. Get over yourselves, geeze.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kathy

      Jay – you get over yourself.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:29 | Report abuse |
    • the GOP need to pack up and leave

      Where's the companion study indicating how hormones affect men's decisions?

      October 24, 2012 at 16:32 | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      See there you go again. Why are you asking to see a study about men? Because an article made about studying women's hormones and how that may decide their vote; some of you decide to come in like an angry mob and want to know: Well what about men?

      Men aren't in question here. Whatever device you're typing on, the internet, your make up.. that's all there because a man created it.

      Why do some of you feel your best arguments is to lash out at men or call men into question? Even if this study was spearheaded by a man(I believe I saw SHE), does it seem rational to attack all men?

      If you answered yes, I no longer feel sorry for you. Put on some make up, let your hair down, and put on something nice so you can feel better about yourselves. Otherwise eat some chocolates to control the anger built inside of you.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:39 | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      It's not your ability to make decisions being called into question, Jay, so maybe you need to be quiet and listen instead of presuming to tell women what they have the right to feel angry about.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:43 | Report abuse |
    • the GOP need to pack up and leave

      Hey, Jay, men aren't in question here?

      Guess what?

      Women aren't in question here.

      Articles like this are an insult. They're written to diminish the credibility of females.

      If you do not find such an article offensive, then why are you taking exception to asking about how hormones driving men's votes?

      October 24, 2012 at 16:45 | Report abuse |
    • Sporkdelis

      Do you seriously think that the only angry women on here are hormonal? Fine, since you're so into science, let's do an experiment. In a couple of weeks just ask the women who replied negatively to this article if this is still insulting. If you're correct the answer should be "Why would I be insulted?"

      Hypothesis: Women are only insulted by studies claiming that they have impaired ability to make decisions during ovulation during ovulation (or I suppose during menstruation. Your choice).

      You can go ahead and do that study. Maybe you'll get an article on CNN. Maybe there's even some grant money in it for you.

      October 24, 2012 at 17:45 | Report abuse |
  30. Duh Cnn
    October 24, 2012 at 16:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Kathy

    Is this for real? My hormones have nothing to do with the way I vote. How insulting. That must mean that men vote with their *#($!

    October 24, 2012 at 16:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob

      Go to hell.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:31 | Report abuse |
    • Duh Cnn

      I would vote with my *#($! but Sara Palin's not running this year

      October 24, 2012 at 16:35 | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      Hey Bob. Telling a woman who disagrees with you to "Go to hell" is really not OK. This one isn't about you, so maybe you should be quiet and listen.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:39 | Report abuse |
    • Jim Walton

      @Bob

      haha

      October 24, 2012 at 16:43 | Report abuse |
  32. tickletheelephant

    I vote with my period blood.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Robert

    The founders knew. To the menstrual hut with ye!!!!!

    October 24, 2012 at 16:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob

      Do you really think our Founding Fathers were a bunch of chauvinist pigs? Really? The men who sacrificed so much to give us freedom? In early America the husband was the head of the home and family, and as such his vote represented that family. Unless he was an idiot, most women would have supported their husband's political views anyway. I make no apology for it, nor will I. If you lived during that time you would think that the way things are now are insane and completely disordered. Criticize me and you criticize George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, et.al. And if it weren't for them, you would be bare foot and pregnant in a kitchen somewhere slaving over a hot stove.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:35 | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      You scoff at the notion that the founders were chauvinists, then you describe them as such? Wow.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:44 | Report abuse |
    • M&M

      Bob, I'm assuming "Robert" is a man. You're a little hostile, might wanna get those testosterone levels checked.

      October 24, 2012 at 17:14 | Report abuse |
  34. MarcD

    Congratulations CNN on a new level of FAIL...jeebus

    October 24, 2012 at 16:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Bob

    Some women vote with their critical mind, but many, many go by outward appearances such as "oh, he's so cute" or "those beady little eyes." However, today, the typical American women is a grown up spoiled little girl who wants the deck stacked in her favor (i.e., quotas for women in government jobs) and access to "female health care" (i.e., the freedom to viscously murder their preborn baby for their own selfish convenience). And that is why so many men I know will not marry an American woman. So the song goes, "American woman, stay away from me,eeee. American woman...."

    October 24, 2012 at 16:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joel

      And he's still single, ladies and gents.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:38 | Report abuse |
  36. Mamaboats

    I cannot believe that CNN actually posted this article. For crying out loud...what is happening in our country? Why don't we all just become Muslims right now and get all the women back under cover, barefoot and pregnant? This is so damn insulting. Have we not moved further than this? So, instead of my being an intelligent woman with a mind of my own, having served my country, raised children...I could go on and on but no doubt some male has an opinion about that too. This is truly shameful and CNN you really suck for posting it.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Mamaboats

    Bob...you know what you can kiss

    October 24, 2012 at 16:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Joel

    Yes. We all know women are irrational creatures, slaves to their hormones, with no agency of their own. It explains so much, like why they get angry about people make jokes about ra pe and when we tell them to make us a sammich and why they might vote for a radical Muslim who wants to give them free contraception. It's all hormones. [/SARCASM]

    October 24, 2012 at 16:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Hollie mcnish

    Wow, I didn't realise this article was real until the end, though it was a hoax! I'm British but thought CNN was the BBC equivalent? This is trash! The most shocking thing for menus the idea womens votes only look at policy on family and abortion ad childcare? Not things like the recession, foreign policy, employment, arms spending – or is that too complicated for us. I am seriously shocked by this.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. leni512

    The most ridiculous conclusion ever. I have never read anything more stupid.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Annie

    I thought that the Donald Trump garbage was the stupidest thing that I've seen today. Have people just gone crazy?

    October 24, 2012 at 16:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Planner 9/22

    This study is a fine example of using statistics to prove your own set of pre-conceived notions. How utterly bogus and insulting.
    Just goes to show you that some people will go to any lengths to belittle the worth of 51% of our population.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Magritt Bogen

    I think I am done with CNN...

    October 24, 2012 at 16:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. SCY385

    Are you serious right now? Are you kidding? Does getting erections affect a man's voting? Does excessive masturbation affect a man's ability to think and function in day to day tasks? Does having a small penis mean that a man will vote Republican? If you found my questions offensive good. You were supposed to because they are almost as offensive as the idea that hormones affect a woman's voting.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim Walton

      your hormones are affecting you ahora

      October 24, 2012 at 16:46 | Report abuse |
  45. Penny Wright

    "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that." – Mitt Romney

    "I will veto the Dream Act." – Mitt Romney

    "Let Detroit go bankrupt." – Mitt Romney

    "I would never send American armed forces into Pakistan unilaterally, even after a high value target." – Mitt Romney

    October 24, 2012 at 16:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Merle McClung

    Why would anybody write such baloney? Why would anybody put it up on this web site to read?

    Isn't bad enough that the men this country elects are so stupid about women's issue? You have to add your stupidity, too?

    October 24, 2012 at 16:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. disgusted

    wow. i guess my political science degree is meaningless! who knew that my critical thinking skills could be summed up by my ovaries. thanks, CNN.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Marshall

    I see a lot of people posting that this article is offensive and is therefore wrong. The two are not mutually exclusive. What part of the methodology of their study do you disagree with? I bet that none of you even read the study, nor analyzed the methodology they used. You merely saw the result, disagreed with it, and posted angry drivel on CNN.

    Science is about putting together tests to derive scientifically correct answers, not necessarily politically correct answers.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim Walton

      Eminem is correct, ladies

      October 24, 2012 at 16:48 | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      I think many women have been exposed to plenty of pseudo-scientific B S regarding the supposed spell their hormones hold over them to know said B S when they smell it.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:48 | Report abuse |
    • Damien Otis

      As always, men form the control.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:55 | Report abuse |
    • Sonia

      I have never been so offended by a article by CNN in my life. Where is the post on if testostorone affects voting. We have a Fox news. This is so beneath you. Stunned. Just stunned.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:55 | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Here's an easy one. In order to do any kind of rigorous statistical analysis to isolate the impact of one variable on another, you have to be able to hold all other variables constant. In an internet survey of 275 women or another survey of 502 women, this is virtually impossible. You would have to randomize the sample selection and control for existing political leanings and also observe the women over time to see if there was actually any change in preference as a result of the cycle and then control for that change. There is a zero percent chance you can do this while holding all else equal in while a presidential campaign is actually going on because people are inundated with new information all the time that impacts their preferences. There is almost a zero percent chance that there was enough rigor in this study to draw any reasonably scientifically defensible conclusions. So yes, it's, on its face very offensive, in large part because these are questions that wouldn't be asked about men in the first place, but secondly, the science behind this can't possibly be anything short of complete BS.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:56 | Report abuse |
    • LGM

      This article does not provide a chance to critically examine the study's methodology, and the study does not seem to be available in the journal as of yet.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:56 | Report abuse |
    • anon

      Put this study next to one evaluating whether or not men vote with their penises and I'll read both.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:57 | Report abuse |
    • the GOP need to pack up and leave

      Scientific study? Where's the comparable data on mens' hormones dictating their decisions?

      And what about other decisions other than who we vote for? Where is the scientific graph that determines hormonal influence on men and women concerning every decision?

      This study is B.S.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:58 | Report abuse |
    • rob16

      I'm sorry, did you read the study? or even the article? It was already pointed out that there is skepticism towards the conclusions of this study already. And there are mentions of their methodology in the article.

      Just going off the information in the article, and my knowledge of scientific studies, 502 participants is not a statistically significant population, so its not possible to draw a conclusion from this study that is true for the general population.

      As well as this gem, '“There is absolutely no reason to expect that women's hormones affect how they vote any more than there is a reason to suggest that variations in testosterone levels are responsible for variations in the debate performances of Obama and Romney,” said Susan Carroll, professor of political science and women's and gender studies at Rutgers University, in an e-mail.'

      So in the end, this is once again a stupid article about a study that hasn't resulted in any sort of useful conclusion.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:58 | Report abuse |
    • di

      What a total waste of money to conduct this kind of research...hope there was no taxpayer funds involved. Whether they used the correct methodology or not, nobody cares about the issue they're researching. It's useless.

      October 24, 2012 at 17:00 | Report abuse |
    • Karen Tuerk

      Their stupid methodology is one of the biggest insults. Hello, covariance.

      October 24, 2012 at 17:07 | Report abuse |
    • Vanessa

      It objectifies people.

      October 24, 2012 at 17:32 | Report abuse |
    • Marshall

      The critics so far have not been real scientists, they have been political scientists. There's a difference. One actually does research while the other tends to be somewhat of an activist teaching women's studies at a liberal college.

      October 24, 2012 at 17:34 | Report abuse |
    • Alice Olson

      I'm just waiting for the study of men's cycles. Then, I'll be willing to read both studies. Until then, go away.

      October 24, 2012 at 17:46 | Report abuse |
  49. Sroz

    This is just so wrong on so many different levels. I think it would be more productive to do a study on how men's testosterone levels influence their desire to go to war.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • BJean

      Right ON!!!!!

      October 24, 2012 at 17:40 | Report abuse |
  50. Samanthav

    What kind of crap is CNN trying to pass as journalism these days. sheesh.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:45 | Report abuse | Reply
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