Raquel Welch has blamed the contraceptive pill for the breakdown of sexual morality. She believes the use of oral contraception, which became available in the 60s, has encouraged promiscuity and young people no longer care about the institution of marriage.

She said, "The growing proliferation of birth control methods has had an awesome effect on both sexes and led to a sea change in moral values. And a significant and enduring effect on women was the idea they could have sex without any consequences - meaning fewer today see marriage as a viable option

"Seriously, folks, if an ageing 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."


WHAT A PILL! — 39 Comments

  1. Don’t think the pill led to a “sea change in moral values” per se but it certainly made women less wary about having sex, for obvious reasons.

    I forgive Raquel, because no one else has ever worn a fur bikini with quite the same je ne sais quoi.

  2. Gee, did I use to think of her as sexy ’cause she was seen and not heard?

    Francis sirfrATearthlinkThingy

  3. Raquel Welch has always made me feel physically ill when I look at her. I find her the most unattractive woman ever to be called attractive.

  4. She’s old enough to know better. Looking at the dates of her marriages, she was schtupping without issue for a while before the pill.

  5. Can genetic Popoidism be cured?

    [It almost seems like, the more vigorously Popoid morality is evaded in youth, the more the genetically Popoid will return “Home to Rome” as they age. Pity.]

    My namesake, who graduates from high school this month: she’s Spanish on her mother’s side, and Irish on her father’s. She has no use for religion.

    I fear for her.

  6. I’ll let her thesis stand or fall on its own merit, but when I was in high school, I was aware that Miss Welch was responsible for the death of a myriad of kittens. At least that’s what I was told. Good to know that TheMe and the Mad One are innocent of such an atrocity.

  7. I too never thought of her as attractive. I am not sure why, I mean the parts are there, but somehow the total package just never came together in my view. She seemed, I dunno, sort of inflatable?


  8. “… if an ageing 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.”

    Sorry bit of a SMH typo there. Should read:

    “…if an ageing sex symbol like me starts waving the red flag of caution over how low moral standards have plummeted, you know I’ve gotta be pretty mad.

  9. Thanks, Boaz. I knew there was something wrong with her statement as reported but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it (not that I’d want to as I made clear above).

  10. Raquel Welch makes men want to sick up their cookies?

    You learn something new every day.

    I still like the fur bikini. I want one.

  11. Cathy,

    I’m afraid I don’t agree with the prevailing opinion. As a (very) young man, Raquel Welch definitely made me realize, “Whoa! I LIKE girls!”

    And yes dear, the fur bikini. Go for it 😉

  12. Thank you, David. I had an inkling the virtues of a fur bikini would not have passed you by.

    Mind you, I like Jim’s use of the word “inflatable”. She was such a ludicrously shapely girl that she did have that hyperreal, cartoonish quality about her. A bit like Pamela Anderson.

  13. Well, Mad Priest, she was certainly not average, whatever else you say about her. I would have said tho that Marilyn Monroe had that cartoonish “ludicrously shapely” thing going on as well, in a somewhat different way – and if my memory doesn’t fail me you once posted an approving pic and comment re her? … Anyway, to each their own.

    Despite my defence of her I don’t want to make it sound as if I would rate RW in the top 10 or even top 50 most beautiful people I could think of.

  14. I wouldn’t say they looked alike per se, but there’s what I would call a slightly cartoonish quality going on in both cases.

    Marilyn was on a whole other level tho, I’ll give you that. Wonderfully beautiful. And very funny.

  15. I’m not saying “cartoonish” means “not a babe”.

    Betty Boop was so hot they had to tone her down, I believe.

  16. Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Claudia Cardinale all had the same over the top thing going on and they were all staggeringly beautiful.

  17. Gosh, you don’t like Sophia either? … You are hard to please. So far you have voiced approval of a) Marilyn and b) Betty.

  18. well, I have no idea if you were going to offer further nuggets of wisdom on this subject, Mad Priest, or whether anyone has emerged from it any the wiser or happier, but my brain is now kaput for the evening.

    I will only add that I would when all is said and done rather look at a pic of a lovely dawg than any of the “Beautiful People” mentioned above.

  19. I could have sworn I heard that, at one time, Marilyn and Raquel may have had a lil’ sumthin-sumthin goin’ on.

    Then again, that may have just {ahem} come from my fantasies…

  20. JCF – if they didn’t, they certainly should have.

    Mad Priest – Maclaine in her youth was undeniably a saucy minx. She scores points with me for her Oscar acceptance speech (“Thanks – I deserve this”). She loses points for stepping out at one time with Andrew Peacock, a horrid right-wing Oz politician of immense sleaziness, who Paul Keating used to regularly refer to in the House of Commons as “this perfumed gigolo”.

    Re Tuesday Weld, I would have thought you were more along the lines of Pete than Dud, so you’d have no luck there.

    I have always had a soft spot for Barbarella. “My pritty pritty!”

  21. I would have thought you were more along the lines of Pete than Dud,

    Oh, no. I’m a right flirt and I would never get drunk in front of someone I was hitting on. In fact, I haven’t been drunk for over 30 years.

  22. I didn’t mean the drunkenness!! I meant the surreal humour, satiric talent and general left-of-field cleverness. Although Dud had some of that too, to be fair. Also, Dud was pint-sized, whereas I got the impression you were, well, taller than Dud?… Not that that would be hard, of course.

  23. In fact, the more I think about it, the more it seems a really extravagant compliment to compare someone’s brain to Peter Cook’s. Lots of Brits seem to think of him as just an old alcoholic and nothing more. I don’t get that at all.

    David – I agree absolutely! What a goddess. Surely every right-thinking man and woman thinks so.

  24. No, no, no!

    We consider him one of our greatest geniuses, one of the funniest people ever to come from this sceptred isle. But we look down on alcoholics and drug addicts, especially if their addictions waste a brilliant talent. It really annoys us. We view them in the same way we view wife beaters. They are not worthy of the title “English.” I fear this is less a morality issue than a “can’t hold his own drink” issue. In England, drunks are pathetic.

  25. It’s too bad you are married MP, ..Cathy would be a good pick for you!!

    You’d never have to leave the house for a good argument!!

  26. We consider him one of our greatest geniuses, one of the funniest people ever to come from this sceptred isle.

    A correct assessment.

    David G, I swear Mad Priest doesn’t need another person present to have a good argument. He seems to have them all on his own.

  27. Yeah. Like anybody would bother coming to this site if I wasn’t an argumentative, pig-headed, deliberately obtuse bitch (with a heart of gold, of course).