Measures of Erotic Capital
Erotic capital, as I define it, is still a new concept and has never been measured in the round anywhere, for men or women, though many studies have measured one or more of the six elements. First I shall review the partial methods devised so far for measuring erotic capital, then consider the prospects for the more complete measurement of the concept in the round in future research.
Methods currently fall into five groups:
pictorial evidence assessed by a panel of judges;
assessments by an informant who sees the subject or already knows them;
self-assessment through questions in surveys;
beauty queen or king contests; and
tests of social interaction skills in laboratory experiments.
All these methods can ...