The Pill Is Killing Marriage: Raquel Welch

Birth control is the reason people can't 'keep it in their pants'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2010 1:25 PM CDT
The Pill Is Killing Marriage: Raquel Welch
A file photo of Raquel Welch.   (Getty Images)

Raquel Welch knows exactly why "nobody seems able to keep it in their pants" these days: birth control pills. In an article for CNN, the actress acknowledges the upsides to the Pill but blames it for eroding the institution of marriage—and fueling anarchy. "I'm ashamed to admit that I myself have been married four times," she writes, "and yet I still feel that it is the cornerstone of civilization, an essential institution that stabilizes society, provides a sanctuary for children, and saves us from anarchy."

The Pill has erased our social inhibitions, she continues: Choosing a sexual partner "used to be the equivalent of choosing a life partner," but caution and thoughtfulness have disappeared from our decision-making process. "Seriously, folks, if an aging sex symbol like me starts waving the red flag of caution over how low moral standards have plummeted, you know it's gotta be pretty bad. In fact, it's precisely because of the sexy image I've had that it's important for me to speak up and say: Come on girls! Time to pull up our socks! We're capable of so much better." (More birth control stories.)

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