I was spellbound by an article I read a few days ago.
Instead of give my opinion on it, which, hello, I'm not stepping on that landmine, I'll summarize it and let you draw your own conclusions. Or, just read the whole thing yourself and draw whatever religious or political conclusions you'd like.
Recent studies suggest that taking hormonal birth control (like the Pill) may alter a woman's choice in mate (making her less likely to choose a more masculine partner), "upending" her natural, instinctive choice.
When a woman isn't using hormonal birth control, subtle changes occur during the course of a month to attract a mate: voice gets higher, certain pheromones are released, and she's more attracted to features & traits generally defined as masculine (muscle tone, dominant behavior, masculine voice).
If a woman is using hormonal birth control, none of this happens. She's more likely to find a less-masculine mate attractive. She also doesn't show a preference for a mate whose genes are very different from her own.
The latter is a key component in healthy procreation, in that a partner wants to be as genetically diverse from their partner as possible, so that their offspring will have the greatest immunity.
So, science is suggesting that choosing a partner while under the influence of hormonal birth control could lead to a less healthy child.
Another study suggests that when women choose less-masculine partners, they tend to stray more often (choosing more masculine partners) when they're fertile.
Another study found that when 81 women wore t-shirts, which were subsequently "sniffed" by 31 males, the men showed a preference for the shirts whose owners were not using hormonal birth control.
..Then they're some research about lemurs & hormonal birth control shots that hasn't been proven in people (the male lemurs were more attracted to the female lemurs before they got the shot).
Scientists are quick to say that the overarching concept hasn't been proven, but that each piece of research certainly seems to support it.
The many, many implications seem scary, if its true.
Prairie Dog a cubicle mate.
Pull it out at a dinner party.
Throw it around the lunch table.