I looked at a lot of PP-propaganda and waded through studies just now and lost the copied URL to the one I finally found that said the Pill became more and more available from 1961-1977 meaning use was high and fairly new in 1977. We can judge how the Pill affects women’s taste in men by recalling the main changes in style young, single men adopted in the '70’s disco period. Slick clothing, tight waists, open necklines, hairy chests, flipped hair, flared pants (which make the hips look smaller), medallions to call attention to the chest, platform shoes and wide lapels (which make the chest look broader), all came into style then. When the Pill passed out of style because of health worries, and single people were using condoms anyway because of disease, and meanwhile the “minipill” came out, with lower hormone doses, male fahion changed abruptly. With hair, anything was OK, just so it wasn’t flipped and feathered. Lapels narrowed, pants were pegged or straight and shirts were big and thick, with soft natural textures. Scent returned to importance.
I don’t knwo what that proves.
But in looking for it I got hit with a lot of propaganda from birth-control advocates, and some of it made me pretty sick. Especially “historic papers” that don’t line up with any of the other historic writings I’ve ever seen, nor with reprinted and collected raw data from individually cited documents I’ve read mountains of at a time for years.:mad: All to prove absurdities. PP had a page saying essentially that mythology and ancient history tell us that from many years before menarche, girls spent their leisure time in “sexual play that included intercourse” without fear of pregnancy due to natural contraceptives and delayed puberty resulting from malnutrition. Uh-huh. I’ve been a hungry prepubescent girl, and I was thinking about food, and if I were playing at that time and someone tried to get my clothes off I would have killed them. Malnourished children think about finding and producing food, so they can live, not “sexual play” and in case the man who wrote that didn’t get the memo, children aren’t really all that into sex. But in a sex-obsessed culture, there are people who apparently can’t imagine that anyone has ever thought about anything else for a second. He claimed that Medieval and Premedieval European girls didn’t menstruate until they were over 20. Now, a degree of malnutrition that would delay menarche that long would usually make the woman infertile for life. If most Medieval women were infertile, Europe would have died out quickly. Besides, written record exist saying Greek girls menstruated at 14, Jewish girls at 12 to 13, and in the Middle Ages it depended. Some places the norm was 12, others it was 18. Ancient Rome seems to have had the same expected ages of puberty America has today. His stories of pomegranates, papayas and other everyday tropical fods as early BC pills made me sick. Women whose futures depend onhow many kids they ahve wouldn’t devote scarce garden space to contraceptives even by accident. He tells of Medieval women using charms to prevent conception. He might not be aware that most female-specific magic was to conceive, not to avoid it. Whether these people can stand it or not, their sex-from-as-early-to-as-late-as-you-can-with-everyone, whatever-you-do-don’t-become-a-parent thinking is new, unnatural, harmful and still a minority of the world’s atitudes. Sorry for the rant. Talk like I just read on my search gets me worked up, it brings back bad memories of my youth and the sterile, sex-mandatory milieu I was in for so long.