Whaaa? A New Study about The Pill in “Trends in Ecology and Evolution”

October 13, 2009

Published in the current issue of Trends in Ecology and Evolution, I recently came across this study when @feliciaday (geek/actress) tweeted about it. Basically, it says that women on the pill are more likely to be attracted to provider-types (good dads) than aggressive men (good genes). It also states that men are less attracted to women on the pill, with research based on a study which measured sexual attractiveness by the amount of tips a woman received after giving a lap dance. I know I’m being somewhat biased in the retelling of the study, so PLEASE read the full article here, I’m curious what other sociologists think. Here are a few questions I have

1. Birth control is most frequently used in developed nations, why does the author think non-agressive genes are weaker? What do you think?

2. Does studying the amount of tips earned from a lap dance really display how birth control use affects your attractiveness? I feel like there could be a lot of variables there, what do you think?

3. What do you think of the pill in general?