“Since there are obvious long-term social, emotional, financial, and even physiological benefits to being attractive, would you pay to be more attractive?”
Basically, if you were somehow given the ability to pay money to be 25% cuter or four inches taller or four inches longer or to reshape the head you’ve always been self-conscious about or possess that hour glass frame you’ve always coveted, would you do it?
And, if so, how much would this service be worth to you?
What I need, of course, is to be 20 percent cooler.
The Brothas were wise, I think, to avoid mentioning anything that’s achievable with mere cosmetic surgery: you can get actual pricing for that with not too much effort. But I think they perhaps might be overestimating the value of physical attractiveness. While it seems pretty inarguable to me that beauty is a sort of currency, it is by no means the only acceptable medium of exchange, unless you happen to live in a beer commercial, in which case you have my sympathies (if female) / the damnedest luck (if male).
[L]ook at it from a woman’s point of view. There are times when a pretty girl just wants to be left alone. There are even pretty girls who have other interests that don’t depend on men noticing how they look. To women such as these, male attention is an annoyance if not a positive hindrance to them getting through their day. It is assumed by our culture that pretty women are always outwardly focused — that they want and need attention from others, and that since they are pretty and will get it, this is better.
A staple of the lad mags is the pictorial-worthy young lady who, despite her near-supermodel appearance, can’t get any dates, because guys, assuming she’s booked up until the turn of the century, don’t even try. Of course, the very purpose of a lad mag, other than to sell you stuff — Maxim has a section called “Stuff” that briefly was spun off into an entire freaking magazine — is to encourage its presumably basement-dwelling readership to come out into the light and engage the babes, if not to the point of actual engagement of course, so these pieces do not necessarily resound with credibility.
But returning to the original question: even if I could spend enough money to become Brad Pitt, there’s no reason to assume that Shania will be much impressed. And I prefer to avoid purely speculative investments.