Pill altering women in more ways than one

October 9, 2009 | NeW Staff

An interesting article from the Health section of Mail Online suggests that the Pill may alter a woman’s taste in men. The Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill (COCP) is the most popular form of birth control today prescribed to more than 100 million women in the United States. The Pill first came to the scene in 1960 to give women greater control over their bodies, specifically purposed to reduce female fertility. However, the effects of the Pill may not be limited to just protection: 

“Scientists say the hormones in the oral contraceptive suppress a woman’s interest in masculine men and make boyish men seem more attractive. Although the change occurs for just a few days each month, it may have been highly influential since use of the Pill began more than 40 years ago.”

The proof for this study may be found in a simple recall of those Hollywood heart throbs that have captured our hearts through the silver screen.

Hottie #1: Kirk Douglas

From the beginning, Douglas took the screen with fervor. His characters were often symbols of masculinity including the self-centered boxer in Champion and a restless cowboy in Lonely Are the Brave. Many of us watched his 1960 Spartacus decades later and were enamored by Douglas’ ability to capture the raw and brawny nature of a man consumed by an unbroken spirit. But the “tough man” appeal of Douglas eventually faded with the smooth, long hair of Brad Pitt.

Hottie #2: Brad Pitt

The female obsession with Pitt transitions us away from the stalwart nature of Kirk Douglas, Sean Connery and the villain, Anthony Hopkins. Pitt blends the manly appeal of characters like Tristan in Legends of the Fall and Tyler Durden in Fight Club with the soft face of Mr. Smith and Ocean’s Rusty Ryan. His characters may be tough fighters at times, but Pitt’s appeal to women is his ability to capture real life. He plays the thief, the lover and the warrior while transferring a sex appeal beyond intense masculinity to a provider capable of emotions. 

Hottie #3: Zac Efron 

The leading male in teen movies, Hairspray and High School Musical, Zac Efron takes the stage with a new appeal that women have not seen before: the baby face. A face that screams adolescence, Efron reminds older women that men don’t have to be men, when they can still be a boy. His characters may not be classically rugged, but he is capturing the female eye none the less.

While women may be attracted to the cute “boy next door,” some still prefer a man. Hollywood may have transitioned from men to boys but is this really because of the Pill? The authors of this study sure say so. This comparison, while entertaining, is NOT science. What it does, however, is highlight the interesting course female attraction has taken the last 50 years.

But could the driving force behind what women consider “attractive” have less to do with the Pill and more to do with what the Pill represents? Women have taken control of their bodies and often subjugated men along the way. Feminists who refuse to see men as the “greater sex” impose their desired image of the “weak man” on the unsuspecting boy next door. While the Pill may alter the chemicals of women’s bodies, the real changes have come from women themselves. Feminists today refuse to let men be men and the result: Zac Efron.

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