Friday, October 26, 2012

Hormones influence voting

Nature magazine reports:
An increasing number of studies suggest that biology can exert a significant influence on political beliefs and behaviours. Biological factors including genes, hormone levels and neurotransmitter systems may partly shape people's attitudes on political issues such as welfare, immigration, same-sex marriage and war.
This is a controversial subject. A CNN story was
Post removed: Study looks at voting and hormones
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.
The censored story is copied here. A newspaper noticed:
The story, posted in CNN's medical and health section started with, "There's something that may raise the chances for both presidential candidates that's totally out of their control: women's ovulation cycles."

Yikes! Did the author really write that? Yep. And the author was a woman. Elizabeth Landeau, defended her story, writing on Twitter that it was a peer-reviewed study and that she included skepticism from political scientists as well.

The story referred to a new study to be published in "Psychological Science" by Kristina Durante, an assistant professor at the University of Texas. Durante's online surveys of several-hundred women led her to conclude that, when women are ovulating, single women espouse more liberal beliefs, while married or committed women gravitate towards more conservative views.

The article said Durante suggests that single women "feel sexier" when ovulating and tend to "lean more toward liberal attitudes on abortion and marriage equality." Married women, trying to resist their "sexy" feelings, do the opposite.
Thanks to the web bypassing feminist censors, we can learn about human nature.

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