Has the Pill shaped Hollywood?

NHS Choices

United Kingdom

October 8, 2009

The Pill may have “changed women’s taste in men” according to the Daily Mail, which reports that a new study has found that the hormone-based contraceptive suppresses a woman’s interest in masculine men and makes boyish men more attractive. The newspaper quotes the study’s authors as saying this may have “long-term implications for society”. The article applies the scientific theory to the popularity of different Hollywood actors, highlighting the shift in tastes from rugged actors such as Sean Connery to “wimpy, androgynous stars like Johnny Depp”.

The study’s authors argue their case using evolutionary theory, but acknowledge limitations in the evidence and the degree of speculation involved in suggesting that the pill causes changes in partner choice, relationship satisfaction and reproductive outcomes.


Comment from Leslie

On the other hand – maybe women started seeing through the “masculinity” and desired a man that had emotions and intellect as well.


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.