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We Christians tend to focus a lot on "right" and "wrong". This is a good thing, I suppose. As Christians, we have been instructed to keep the commandments. Sometimes though, I think we may lose sight of the fact that the instructions we have been given are there for a reason.
The other day, while perusing Facebook, I came across pictures posted by a single young Christian woman of a trip that she took with a man from her church group. In the album were several pictures captioned "our room". It was quite lovely, actually, the bed strewn with rose petals and chocolates and such. How far we have come. It seems quite acceptable, in at least some Christian circles, to trash the instruction book in lieu of a focus on "loving" our Lord and being secure in one's salvation.
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As a generation of women in their teens and twenties swallows artificial hormones each day in the form of birth control pills, we might want to take a look at the impact that might have on sexual attraction. We associate attraction with our eyes. However, in large part, attraction is based on body odor. The odor in question is mostly mitigated by genes related to our immune systems. Women are attracted to men with immune systems different from their own. This provides for a strong immune system in the resultant offspring. It also probably protects women from producing children with men to whom they are related. (Roberts et.al 2008)
The pill does something interesting though. The pill essentially confuses the body into believing that it is already pregnant. Pregnant women are drawn to men in their families. This is probably for protection in this vulnerable time. As one might imagine, the pill has the same result. Women on the pill are sexually attracted to men with immune systems similar to their own. Of course, once a woman goes off the pill, the situation reverses.
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Of course, there are non-hormonal methods of birth control, such as condoms. In fact, if people are having sex outside of monogamous marital relationships, they ought to be using them. But that is not really the point here. The point is that following the manufacturer's instructions is not such a bad idea. Perhaps the "Me Generation" doesn't know what's in it for them.
Roberts et.al 2008: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/275/1652/2715.short
Roberts et.al. 2011: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/279/1732/1430.abstract
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