The Greeks knew that sexual allure does not derive from conventional good looks, but has something to do with a quality of light that shines through us. Our stretch marks, our no longer young breasts, our wrinkles, and our scars in no way bar us from embodying the golden goddess. We have all seen beautiful women who have no sensual radiance. We have also seen other, less attractive women who are definitely wearing Aphrodite's girdle. They cast a spell, an enchantment, and men swarm around them like bees around the honey pot. Such women are truly beautiful and will be seen as such by those who have eyes to see, regardless of their physical appearance.

Jalaja Bonheim, Aphrodite's Daughters