I just read a really fascinating article about how the level of synthetic estrogen in birth control pills can affect how women perceive other women. It’s not totally shocking since our hormones can dictate so much about how we behave, our thoughts and views and general demeanor. I should know, I’m a woman and I always know when my hormones are off
In a nutshell, it seemed that women noticed other women’s attractiveness factors more than they normally would have without the extra estrogen hormones from the pill. This is likely tied into the fact that they were also more interested in whether their partners were seeking other partners or looking around at other female “competitors” as well.
Perhaps this is some sort of built in evolutionary mechanism to help deter other women from “snagging” their sexual partner and provider. A sort of survival mechanism in a way, if you will. Nowadays, with feminism in full swing it might be called insecurity though, so it’s a fine line!
Women tended to definitely be more in tune to how other women were looking and were more likely to rate them based on their looks and other factors that are typically attributed to a persons sex appeal and general overall attractiveness.
I’m on a pill, but it’s low dose and I have to admit I don’t like reading that the pill might be making me more competitive with other women, I don’t know about you! I think women really need to support one another, and I don’t like when I see women competing with eachother at all, I think it’s demeaning and diminishing and really takes a lot of valuable energy and directs it to a place that’s totally unproductive.
After all, why should one woman feel threatened by a lady that she perceives has bigger boobs, fuller lips, a better body or whatever else? Can’t we all just get along and appreciate beauty in others when we see it? That’s how I strive to live and perceive other women .I’ll admit to getting pangs of envy when I see a woman with great hair, a perfect body and gorgeous face, but I really try to keep that in check and not let it affect how I treat or perceive another woman.
I think it’s just really important for us to support one another as women. It’s not only important in career and life success to be concerned mostly with yourself and not so much with others, but it’s also incredibly important for woman to pass this trait on to their daughters so they can be secure and focused as they get older instead of focusing on competing with and comparing themselves to other women.