Sexual capital

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Sexual capital or erotic capital is status possessed by an individual as a result of his or her sexual attractiveness to others, or in another sociological definition, his or her physical and social attractiveness to others. As with other forms of capital, sexual capital may be converted to other forms of capital, including social capital and economic capital.

Three rather different conceptions of “erotic capital” have been developed. All approaches suggest that erotic/sexual status is not reducible to other forms of status (although all fundamental forms or types of capital are convertible via an economic system into financial capital). They also suggest that a theory of sexual stratification must explain the distribution of sexual statuses as well as individual incentives to invest in sexual status - that is, in increasing the probability of sexual attraction. A social assessment that is also known as glamour (presentation) and physical attractiveness and not always directly related to sexuality.


Catherine Hakim suggests that erotic capital matters beyond the sexual field, and beyond private relationships. She has shown that erotic capital is important in the media, politics, advertising, sports, the arts, and in everyday social interaction, and includes:

2.Sexual attractiveness
3.Social attractiveness
More information on this topic is available at [ Wikipedia:Sexual_capital ]
Human Sexuality, Interpersonal relationships and Sexology
Asexuality · Casual relationship · Celibacy · Free love · Hypergamy · Involuntary celibacy · Monogamy
Physical attractiveness · Polyamory · Polyandry · Polygamy · Promiscuity
Romance (love)  · Sexual attraction · Sexual capital · Sexual ethics · Sexual partner · Single person


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