Okay, serious story question:
In my fantasy world, people can wear charms made of siren scales which make them seem slightly more attractive. Not everyone owns these, but actors, sex workers, and the elite commonly do. They can’t change your appearance, just make someone notice your good qualities more.
For instance, if someone was unattractive to you they would still be unattractive, but slightly less so.
It does NOT:
- make the wearer more attractive than anyone else in a room
- act like an aphrodisiac
- compel you to obey the wearer
- lower inhibitions
- make the wearer attractive to people who would not usually be attracted to their sex/gender.
Disclaimer: I am asexual and building this premise off what I assume “attractiveness” is.
People of all sexes and genders started having cooties when I hit puberty and never really stopped. I couldn’t guess a “hot” celebrity from Jane Doe at Walgreen’s. I’m also aromantic, and averse to emotionally intimate non-platonic relationships.
Given that, it didn’t occur to me that hooking up with someone who’d made themselves slightly prettier would be an issue of consent. I figured the charm was basically the same as make-up everybody likes. However, I’ve gotten some feedback that suggests it’s dubious, and now I’m worried.
So I want to open this question up to the class:
To people who experience attraction: do you feel that an individual’s use of this charm would affect your ABILITY to consent to sex?
Since this can be a delicate topic, I’d like to make this a safe space to respectfully give opinions on the topic. I don’t want to accidentally write something that makes people uncomfortable by being insensitive. Your feedback would be appreciated!