The Pill Makes Women More Attracted to Less Rugged Men

From the New York Daily News:

It gave women control over their own sex life, their fertility, their everything, it seems.

But now the Pill, the modern miracle of the 1960s, is being blamed in part on women's changing taste in men.

London's dailymail.co.uk reports that scientists have discovered in a new study how the hormones in the oral contraceptive suppress a woman's interest in masculine men and make boyish men more attractive.

The change may only occur for a handful of days each month but, given that the pill has been around for 40 years, it has more than likely been highly influential.

Consider the shift in tastes from rugged, manly stars of the 1950s and 1960s such as a young Sean Connery, Marlon Brando and Steve McQueen to the heartthrobs of recent years. The 1990s brought you good-looking men with great, well proportioned facial features such stars such as Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt.

Now, pretty boys such as Zac Efron and Chace Crawford are the sex symbols du jour. . . .

It is not new that scientists have known that a woman's taste in men changes over her menstrual cycle.

During the few days each month when women are fertile - the time of ovulation - they tend to prefer masculine features and men who are more assertive.

But research has shown that on days when women are not fertile, their tastes swing towards more feminine, boyish faces and more caring personalities.

If women are taking the Pill, however, they no longer have fertile days, which means they do not experience the hormonal changes that make them more attracted to masculine men. . . .

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Blogger The Right Guy said...

I have also read that the pill changes the way they interpret pheromones. Some scientist say that non-pill women tend to pick men that compliment their immune systems. They said women that take the pill pick men with like immune systems, so in a sense if they do have kids, there is not a hybridization in terms of the immune system, and hopefully improvement. I have also read that women have a greater incidence of infertility after long term use of the pill, and then there are the other side effects like blood clots.

Lastly, women, at least in the context of my own generation, have always had control over their sex life. It is called saying no.

10/10/2009 6:16 AM  
Blogger Chas said...

One has to wonder if that means that women are now less attracted to men who own weapons. Women in politics have certainly tended to display far more contempt than support for the manly right to keep and bear arms. If the relationship between men and women has been changed that dramatically by the introduction of "the pill", one has to wonder if the 19th Amendment may have become obsolete in the process, in that it may now be serving an oppressive function in lieu of a formerly egalitarian one.

10/10/2009 10:26 AM  

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