Whether a woman (or man) votes Republican or Democrat may depend on several factors, including her upbringing, personal values, religion, geographical location, financial situation, etc. Most women, however, strongly feel that their hormones will not affect the decisions they make at the voting booth this November.

CNN learned that fact the hard way.

On Tuesday, CNN Health posted a story titled, “Do Hormones Drive Women’s Votes?” The title alone inspired a bit of online outrage (men’s hormones fluctuate too, you know), but some of the assertions made in the post were even more indelicate, including a statement claiming that women “feel sexier” when ovulating, which causes single women to vote more liberally and committed women to push back against those sexy feelings by voting conservatively.

Damn, I’d better make sure I’m not ovulating on Election Day, or I may vote for the wrong person in my hormone-induced stupor of sexiness. Yikes. Needless to say, after major social media backlash, CNN took the post down.

We know what you’re thinking: did a 19th century doctor/anti-suffragist who treated women for monthly “hysteria” write this sophomoric nonsense? Amazingly, the answer is no.

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