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Erotic Capital:The Power of Attraction in the Boardroom and the Bedroom by Catherine Hakim

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CHAPTER 7
Winner Takes All: The Business Value of Erotic Capital
It is easy to see how physical and social attractiveness can be an asset for media stars, in the entertainment and hospitality industries, or in the service sector more generally. Erotic capital could seem irrelevant for jobs in management or the professions. People at these senior levels are recruited for their expertise, knowledge, and experience—demonstrable attributes in specialist fields. Yet even in these rarefied upper echelons of the occupational structure, appearance and social manners can make a difference. Similarly, there is a general beauty premium across the whole workforce. Unfortunately, sex discrimination is very visible here. Despite the fact that women are generally ...

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