Denial: Why Erotic Capital Has Been Suppressed
Erotic capital has value for men and women quite independently of sexuality, but there is often a symbiotic relationship between attractiveness and sexuality, which colors heterosexual relationships. The battle of the sexes is partly about sex, and hence also about erotic capital, and how much they are worth to men and women. This underlies much conflict over who defines reality and sets the rules of the game for relationships. Men are forever telling women what they can and cannot do, should and should not do. Women resist, in their own way.
All societies seek to control and channel sexual expression—and with it, the deployment of erotic capital—through laws, customs, and moral ideologies. ...