That makes a bit more sense now. I'm not really sure this relationship has anymore commodification than other relationships, I mean doesn't everyone consider what the other person has to offer when they start thinking about a relationship?
Absolutely not, or at least not the way you're describing. I mean, sure, I consider _compatibility_, but that's a question of how I fit with someone not "what can they offer me". Do we make each other happy, do we communicate well, do we have stuff in common, do we find _each other_ attractive... I mean neither I nor either of my partners are "rare beauties" but I find them both sexy and could care less whether the rest of the world does.
Again, that seems to be a consideration _for you_, but don't assume that's universal. Hell, I'm a queer polyamorous woman living in the south. My relationships have far more likelihood to have negative repercussions for my public image than positive (well, depending on the social circle, or the client, I suppose) but that's not why I have them.I'm not saying relationships should be all strategy, but you got to consider repercussions of your relationships, especially when public image relates to your brand.