Raquel Welch: The Pill caused the decline of marriage

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Raquel Welch, arguably the sexiest woman in America in the 1970s, wishes we could go back to before that era of wife-swapping and growing sexual freedoms. In fact, she wants to basically turn the clock back to the Dark Ages.

"The growing proliferation of birth control methods has had an awesome effect on both sexes and led to a sea change in moral values," she tells an interview on the 50th anniversary of the pill.

But has it? Was there a sea change in moral values or have we just naturally evolved? And is Welch's point, which the Telegraph thinks is to blame the pill "for the decline of the institution of marriage," close to the mark? 

Perhaps the lack of birth control and the fear of disgrace for getting someone pregnant used to drive some guys to propose, but is that really what's causing all these problems in the institution of marriage?

"As I've grown older over the past five decades and lived through this revolutionary period in female sexuality, I've seen how it has altered American society for better or worse," she said.

A positive consequence of the Pill was that it had "made it easier for a woman to choose to delay having children until after she established herself in a career", she said.

But a "significant and enduring" effect on women was the idea that they could have sexual intercourse "without any consequences" with the result that fewer today saw marriage as "a viable option". [Telegraph, via CNN]

All right, discuss.