Sunday, December 05, 2010

Closeness to ovulation predicted voting for Obama

In a recent study of young white women, researchers found that subjects were more likely to plan to vote for Obama for president if asked around the time when they were ovulating. This was only true, however, if the women perceived Obama to be lighter-skinned than he actually is. If they perceived him to be darker than he is, closeness to ovulation lowered the chance of voting for him.

The authors interpreted this to mean that women become sensitive to men as potential mates around the time when they are most fertile; if a man seems dangerous (in this study blackness is thought to be associated with dangerousness) they are repelled by him out of fear of sexual assault; if a man seems powerful, attractive, and safe, they will be attracted to him. The study also found that these tendencies were particularly strong among conservative women (liberal women planned to vote for Obama, regardless). 

The authors also suggest that, since Obama won the election, many whites do not perceive him as black. They imply that people look at more than skin color when determining race, and Obama's education, career, demeanor, Waspishness, and restraint communicate whiteness.

The message here for Republicans for 2012 is that a few percentage points might be gained among women if the nominee is a powerful, attractive yet safe candidate. Of the current prospective men, I suspect that Romney best fits the description, which is not saying much. Most of the candidates seem weak or unattractive: politics attracts many weasels. 

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Romney and Thune. Too bad Haley Barbour is a Boss Hogg-lookin' and soundin' guy, although at my age (62), I find him funny, not repulsive, and humour in a Prez is a good thing!

Sgt. Joe Friday said...

This is why Jindal is a non-starter. He looks nerdy and lacks magnetism.

Strangely enough, Chris Christie could be considered an attractive candidate. Sure, he's overweight, but he's comfortable in his own skin, articulate, quick with a quip or one-liner. Remember, it wasn't that long ago that a guy like Jackie Gleason was considered an entertainer of superstar status, and I don't think he had any trouble finding a date. It's all in the swagger.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Sgt. Joe about Christie.

Anonymous said...

What a bizarre study, and so many bizarre assumptions. They're just stacking pseudo-science on pseudo-science here. I find studies like this about as persuasive as my daily horoscope.

TGGP said...

I discussed a previous similar study (without the Obama angle) here.

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