Jess Bennett, one of your nwk tumblrs (who is filing from vacation? what the heck, jb?!), looks at a new book that controversially says women should use sex appeal to level the playing field at work. The author, Catherine Hakim, defines this so-called “erotic capital” as a combination of beauty, style, social skills and charm that can be learned—or, as Jess surmises, bought.

“Anyone, even quite an ugly person, can be attractive if they just have the right kind of hairstyle, clothes, and present themselves to the best effect,” Hakim tells The Daily Beast. “This isn’t a frivolous spending of money. It has real benefits.” As a famous cosmetics creator once put it: “There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.”

Controversial, indeed! [The Daily Beast]