Beauty, love and prostitution

What does beauty have to do with love? What role does one’s beauty-capital play on the partner market? In the game of supply and demand a man can, besides his outward appearance, bring his status to bear, whereas the women must rely entirely on her beauty. In an essayistic excursion the author asks the heretic question, where exactly in the bartering of „beauty“ for „status“ runs the border to prostitution.