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. . . .
Labels: Research, Science, sex