October 24th, 2012
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  1. Christina

    OMG! You have got to be kidding?!!! Where are we . . . back in the 19th Century? Romney is trying to put women back to the 1950s and now this! Are we not given credit for having a brain that functions logically . . . if he believes this then he should give enough story line to men being led by their lower brain

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

      I'm guessing that you do not see how your response here might lend credence to the argument.

      October 24, 2012 at 16:57 | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      19th century is the 1800s.

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

      Day 14?, That means by election day.....

      October 24, 2012 at 17:00 | Report abuse |
    • Mannie Reposa

      Repeal the 19th amendment.

      October 24, 2012 at 18:37 | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      Yes, JDanielBoone, if a woman finds something insulting, then CLEARLY it's just her silly female hormones and she's an irrational rhymes-with-witch. If she'd just chill out and bake some cookies, she'd be just fine. *eyeroll*

      October 24, 2012 at 18:39 | Report abuse |
    • Christina

      Dear Jay – Yes, I know the 19th Century refers to the 1800s . . . that was my point . . . you should read up on how women were treated and thought of during that time period . . . not too far off from what this article conveys. JDanielBoone – You should not stay in the hills so long.

      October 24, 2012 at 18:51 | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      Yes. True. For a week every 30 days or so you are ALL psychotic. Does not surprise me abit.

      October 24, 2012 at 19:11 | Report abuse |
  2. georgedorn

    Dear CNN,

    What the hell is wrong with you?

    Every reader with half a brain ever.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mego98125

      Thank you...this is so insulting. I've never read such a waste of time in my life....and the HEADLINE? ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME????????

      October 24, 2012 at 19:52 | Report abuse |
  3. DLH

    (Gagging sounds heard)

    Please let this election be over soon! The internet idiots are running out of things to print about it.

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

      best comment in this thread

      October 24, 2012 at 17:17 | Report abuse |
  4. Alex

    So basically all the single girls in heat LOVE obama. The married committed traditional married woman loves romney. HAHA Obama is pimping.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim Walton

      strong is the heat from their undercarraiges

      October 24, 2012 at 16:55 | Report abuse |
  5. lcg123

    Do hormones drive women's votes? Sure, and my husband has to drive me to the voting poll while I wear my burka. I think people write articles just to get comments.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Joel

    I haven't seen an article about the role of testosterone in the @#!!-swinging beating of the war drum Romney keeps going on about regarding Iran. You're telling me that tough guy act isn't a play to men's hormones?

    Wait, I forgot, it's just women who are prisoners of their hormones.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ArchieS

      Good one! The T-party is not Tea Party: it's Testosterone driven party (research shows some women have high testosterone as well but nothing compared to the GOP recruited bullys.

      October 24, 2012 at 20:02 | Report abuse |
  7. dlh

    I was single during the last election and did not vote for Obama. I am single now and have absolutely no intention of voting for Obama this time either. Being a single woman does not automatically mean that I am feeble minded. *rolls eyes*

    October 24, 2012 at 16:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hah

      You voting for Romney indicates that you're feeble-minded. Your ovaries have nothing to do with that.

      October 24, 2012 at 17:18 | Report abuse |
  8. RobK

    Of course... women are just dumb animals only REALLY suited to perform one function... or at least this appears to be the implication of the article.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. GinaH

    The correlations for married versus single seem to be more telling than anything to do with hormones. I don't see any indications that the hormones would affect anything but the intensity of the normal political leaning. So, what is the point?

    October 24, 2012 at 16:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Siara Delyn

    Being told that rape is part of God's plan sure affects my vote but I don't think it's hormonal. I have never met a woman whose political affiliations change on a regular monthly basis. That just sounds like a bunch of male hooey like "women are closer to the earth" or "women intuitively understand nature". But Mr. Gupta, You may affect some female hormones in this world....

    October 24, 2012 at 16:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RobK

      I'm not at all religious but… How do you reconcile "God's plan" with being raped? Everything either IS God's plan for you or it isn't. How can you pick and choose?

      October 24, 2012 at 17:07 | Report abuse |
  11. Gerard

    I was actually amazed that they posted this story. Hormones drive women votes as much as they drive men votes. Are women more emotional, on average, than men? Sure, but i fail to see how that impacts their ability to use logic and reason.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sheila

      In mainstream U.S. culture, socialization strongly reinforces that it is acceptable for women to display only certain emotions, and men to display others. These cultural roles are not universal, and they're certainly not proof that somehow women are more emotional than men

      Otherwise, though, I agree with you!

      October 24, 2012 at 20:40 | Report abuse |
  12. Pat Sparkles

    Are you kidding me? CNN ... you are grasping at straws. That has got to be the most ridiculous thing I have read all election season.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. novaculus

    Please tell me this tripe wasn't funded by taxpayer dollars.

    October 24, 2012 at 16:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. jj

    And men's testosterone doesn't get them (or the country) into trouble? How about "W" going back into Iraq to show up his daddy and get Saddam Hussein and make that ridiculous landing on an aircraft carrier?

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

      There is no such thing as a ridiculous landing on an aircraft carrier. Obama could never do it in a million years.

      October 24, 2012 at 17:16 | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      Obama isn't a pilot. Neither is Romney. W was. And yes, it was a ridiculous PR stunt.

      October 24, 2012 at 17:49 | Report abuse |
  15. Heather

    My ladyparts don't dictate how I vote, my brain does. #cnnfail

    October 24, 2012 at 16:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • the GOP need to pack up and leave

      Maybe that's the thinking behind this? The old stereotype of how men don't think with the brains between their ears must mean that women don't think with the brains between their ears?

      They're in for a big surprise. Women's brains are definitely in their heads.
      And if the stereotype and old saying is true, men think with another part of their anatomy.

      The study really should be about how hormones drive mens' votes.

      October 24, 2012 at 17:03 | Report abuse |
  16. Military vet

    Fascinating, but not an indicator of how a woman will truly vote. Women are smarter than their hormones would lead you (the researchers) to believe. You have a better indicator of how a woman will vote based on how she was raised than by her hormones.

    I think guys who drink beer are more likely to vote democrat than guys who drink whisky. There is anecdotal evidence but that doesn't mean it is true! Plenty of guys who drink beer vote GOP and plenty of whisky drinkers vote democrat. The only difference it makes is if they drink to excess right before they enter the voting booth...

    October 24, 2012 at 17:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. leslie

    cnn is a disgrace smh it use to be sooo much better then this now cnn is just pathetic an they wonder why their ratings are so low

    October 24, 2012 at 17:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Jay

    Is everyone done being offended? Geeze.. it's not even a big deal.

    October 24, 2012 at 17:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joel

      I'm sure the women of America are glad to have you around to tell them what it's OK to be offended by.

      October 24, 2012 at 17:06 | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      Joel, that was awesome. Nothing quite like being patted on the head and told what we should or shouldn't find insulting.

      October 24, 2012 at 18:35 | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      Shannon, I genuinely regret that you & other women have to put up with that sort of nonsense.

      October 24, 2012 at 18:42 | Report abuse |
  19. cognitivedissenter

    What a ridiculous premise. Here's a thought: Let's do a study on the effects of copious amounts of alcohol that were obviously consumed by the idiot scientists who conducted this "research"?

    October 24, 2012 at 17:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. estellevw

    Hormones have less of an impact on voting than dick size.

    October 24, 2012 at 17:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Nia

    way to go CNN. way to perpetuate a cycle of discrimination. your blatant disregard to filter your news feed is discrediting. there is a moment that every editor faces before announcing a news item that challenges that so-called editor to question the ethics of their work. it is clear that moment does not exist in CNN's news culture. i can see that there are very little ethical hesitations at CNN. which is unfortunate. you publish news/studies simply to gain.

    October 24, 2012 at 17:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. soren

    "“I think they’re overcompensating for the increase of the hormones motivating them to have sex with other men,” she said. It’s a way of convincing themselves that they’re not the type to give in to such sexual urges, she said."

    Um, maybe they're thinking about making babies with their husband? It is insane that this isn't the woman's first impulse.

    October 24, 2012 at 17:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. sere

    US is ranked 22nd among 51 countries for Gender Equality. We are listed behind Canada. Finland ranked #1, followed by other Nordic and Scandinavian countries. It's due to the fact that their men have to work closely with, and appreciate women to have warm beds at night..

    Not surprisingly, these top equality countries are also ranked top in World Economics. It's because they are more advanced societies, that understand how to respect and treat their women right.

    October 24, 2012 at 17:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Guardian

    Admit it. You're turned on by that little Ralph Maddow dude on MSNBC.

    October 24, 2012 at 17:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. ostara321

    From the article – "Carroll sees the research as following in the tradition of the 'long and troubling history of using women's hormones as an excuse to exclude them from politics and other societal opportunities.'"

    And yet, CNN still thinks it's just fine and dandy to publish this tripe and also continue in the tradition of "the long and troubling history of using women's hormones as an excuse" to imply that they aren't fit to vote. Did Rush Limbaugh become a CNN commentator or am I reading a Faux News article? Good grief. This is your "liberal media" folks.

    October 24, 2012 at 17:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Nora

    Back up, religiosity changes throughout the hormone cycle?? AND in different directions depending on relationship status?!? Never seen that in the lit on predictors of religiosity.
    If this is valid and reliable, this would be the bigger finding.

    October 24, 2012 at 17:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. EA

    Very disappointed that this article exists. CNN absolutely cannot have enough blowback from this.

    October 24, 2012 at 17:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. laurenwick

    When I hand over my ballot on the 6th, I'm gonna wink at the poll volunteer and whisper, "I'm ovulating." Thanks for the great idea!

    October 24, 2012 at 17:27 | Report abuse | Reply
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  29. Delicate Flower

    Thank you, CNN, for finally reporting the truth about ladies and our chaotic, biologically-determined decision-making. Why, I've wanted to shout this from the mountaintops forever, but my dang hormones kept telling me to bake muffins. I spent so much time cursing my lady parts, that some years I totally forgot there was an political philosophy I should be easily swayed by instead of thoughtfully considering what matters to me and voting accordingly.

    October 24, 2012 at 17:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kelly

      I'm really disappointed I can't "like" this comment, cuz it's hilarious. Go you!

      October 24, 2012 at 19:55 | Report abuse |
  30. Dudette

    I find these studies entertaining (they should be logged under the entertaining section, not under health) I wonder if the concept of "It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind" had been included in the study, because that could just throw the study..up-side-down.

    October 24, 2012 at 17:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. HighlanderNH

    Good thing it was a Woman who conducted this study and not a Man.

    As a Woman you might be offended by this study...but that doesn't mean it isn't scientifically correct.

    What is scientifically correct many times, is not necessarily politically correct.....example: Global Warming

    October 24, 2012 at 17:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve

      where in your example, global warming is good science and it is not politically correct to support it as a conservative because millionaire energy businessmen oppose anything that might force them to change their policies

      October 24, 2012 at 19:06 | Report abuse |
  32. Steve Fox

    Did this study control for the fact that as a percentage, black women represent a higher number of single females? Black women, single or married, as a whole are supporting Obama by over 92%? You don't think that could help skew the numbers a bit?

    This study is absolute nonsense if that wasn't accounted for.

    October 24, 2012 at 17:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Anna

    Did the GOP pay for this bogus "internet study?"
    Some people might think this article is actually valid.

    Lately it seems that everyone at CNN has lost their minds.

    October 24, 2012 at 17:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Samantha Do Notoperateonhormones

    CNN and the author of this article has a serious hormone imbalance to imply woman operate on hormones.! CNN if you to truly believe this than you are total DicK Heads like the Repuke Party!

    October 24, 2012 at 17:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. perturbed

    Yet another brain dead article designed to minimize and dismiss the views of women as not being "real"

    October 24, 2012 at 17:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. BJean

    I believe that most insurance policies have always paid for vasectomies, penile implants & viagra. Why should womens contraception be any different?

    October 24, 2012 at 17:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • BJean

      sorry- this post was supposed to be a reply to one on page two ??

      October 24, 2012 at 17:55 | Report abuse |
  37. AntiNickname

    I seriously do not understand the point of publishing this article. The methodology of the study alone should be enough to write this off as irrelevant, and yet CNN thinks this poor excuse for a study warrants asking the question, "Do hormones drive women's votes?" Way to feed into the trope that women cannot make rational decisions and are so horribly controlled by their hormones to the point of interfering in their decision-making processes.

    This is sadly not a shock anymore, coming from CNN. What passes for journalism here is appalling. This sort of thing reminds me why I stopped visiting this website and watching CNN. Thanks for that reminder–I was waiting for my hormones to tell me which news source to go to for information, but apparently it's not the right time of the month for that kind of insight.

    October 24, 2012 at 18:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Onw who knows something about menstrual cycles

    "They found that women at their most fertile times of the month were less likely to be religious if they were single, and more likely to be religious if they were in committed relationships." As measured how? Meaning degree of religiosity varied throughout the cycle? That women in committed relationships went to church when they were ovulating, but not during their periods? That single women went to church when they were menstruating but not when they were ovulating? This is ridiculous.

    Not to mention that the whole project is based on the false assumption that women with regular menstrual cycles always ovulate. Research has proved that anovulatory (no ovulation) cycles occur periodically in women who have regular periods. How did the study methodology ensure that the women surveyed were actually at "peak fertility" when questions were asked? Peak fertility – undefined in this story – is not determinable if women are not keeping menstrual cycle charts that record observable signs of fertility and confirm ovulation retrospectively by rise in basal body temperature.

    Back to the drawing board. Or wait, let's scrap this study altogether and study the effect of testosterone rushes on men's behavior in the boardroom.

    October 24, 2012 at 18:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. BJean

    I rarely come to CNN anymore & this article reminds me why. Look at your home page & count the number of "news articles" that belong on ET or a blog. I have discovered that I can buy the New York Times at Starbucks any day- even in podunkland. Their website is equally great. Long, in depth, insightful articles about real things of importance. Goodby CNN.

    October 24, 2012 at 18:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Shannon

    My fallopian tubes call out for Romney, but my uterus says Obama! Would some nonhormonal man please sort this out for me?

    October 24, 2012 at 18:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. KGB

    *Really* CNN? Now I know why I rarely read/listen to you. I guess I'm just a stupid girl whose raging hormones get in the way of my logic. Has it ever occurred to you that maybe men are even less logical about the way they vote?

    October 24, 2012 at 18:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Grandma

    I used to like CNN, but they have been getting weirder and weirder. I guess I'll have to find another cable news channel since it appears that I can't count on them for rational, non-partisan information anymore. Boy, I sure do miss Aaron Brown!

    October 24, 2012 at 18:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Alyssa

    Why would you even publish this trash CNN?

    You continue to fail.

    October 24, 2012 at 19:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Patti in Dallas

    Seriously, CNN??!?

    Puh-leeeze. Will you now publish a "study" that concludes that men think with their penises every day of the month?

    October 24, 2012 at 19:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. chuckR

    Your problem is contained in the following phrase: peer-reviewed journal Psychological Science. Peer reviewed by people suffering from the Dunning-Kruger Effect and published in a journal the very name of which is oxymoronic.

    Why would anyone take this seriously? Do the authors understand causality versus coincidence? No indication of that in the article, but that could just be sloppy reporting. And why is this linked with Republicans? How many sociologists and psychologists are Republicans?

    October 24, 2012 at 19:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Kelly

    This is the most offensive thing I've seen today, and my bus driver was wearing a Confederate Flag hat. What the hell is wrong with you people?!

    October 24, 2012 at 19:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Catalina Tresky

    CNN – are you KIDDING me??? Okay, I get it. There have been psychological studies that have shown the relationship between women's ovulation cycles and others' behaviors BUT to publish this article 1) in the first place and 2) at this particular time of the election?? Don't think that I or hundreds of other women are naive to your tactics here... GET YOUR NEWS FRAMING AND AGENDA-SETTING TOGETHER. Surprised I know those words? I'm sure you are...

    October 24, 2012 at 19:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kelly

      Bahahaha! Love.

      October 24, 2012 at 20:00 | Report abuse |
  48. Opinionated Lion

    CNN, you are a hilarious excuse for a news network and this is yet another ridiculous example of your definition of "analysis".

    October 24, 2012 at 20:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Gwen Robbins Schug

    My husband, the evolutionary biologist, says "When my dog is ovulating, she becomes very liberal. She runs to the tv whenever Obama is on. It is ridiculous." I would like to add that hormones do not affect all species in an equivalent manner and correlation is NEVER causation. This "research" question was flawed from its inception, as are most evolutionary psychology "research" projects.

    October 24, 2012 at 20:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. decisions

    Check out Dan Ariely's "Are we in control of our own decisions?" on Ted.. unfortunately we all over-rate how logical and rational we are about our choices. Women and Men alike.

    October 24, 2012 at 20:02 | Report abuse | Reply
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