By JAMILA RIZVI
So. It turns out that one of America’s largest and most influential news networks thinks PMS is going to make me vote conservative.
PMS gives you cramps. Sometimes you get a bit of a headache. Occasionally it means an additional pimple (or several) on your nose. And yes, now and then it makes you a tad more emotional than you might otherwise be.
But will PMS make me wake up tomorrow morning suddenly willing to get over the relentless sexism and socially regressive policies of, say, the Republican Party and dream of getting a Green card just so I could cast my vote for Mitt Romney?
Not. A. Chance.
But that’s exactly what a recent CNN story out of the United States is claiming.
If they weren’t angry before, they are now: Women – and the internet – have reacted to a CNN story that claimed that women’s votes are influenced by their menstrual cycles.
In an eyebrow-raising about-turn, the corporation published, then retracted, a news story that claimed that women’s votes were governed by their menstrual cycles, triggering an avalanche of criticism.
Let me put on record an important disclaimer: I am not a PMS skeptic.
I am a full-on, don’t-mess-with-me, ‘this be the truth ya’ll’ PMS believer.
My belief in the existence of PMS is immovable. When 99% of the scientific community (or, you know, female friends of mine) believe something is true, then you’ve just got to go with it and not give into a climate of fear created by the skeptics and deniers.
I may not know the science. I may not have conclusive proof. I am IN NO WAY an expert on this (and given that I got rather bad marks in year 10 science and a note from Mrs Castle that said ‘student struggles to understand basic scientific concepts’, I’m definitely not) but I know this: PMS happens.