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Directions:
    Read the text below. Write an essay in about 120 words, in which you should summarize the key points of the text and make comments on them. Try to use you own words.
    You might think that good-looking men have every advantage in life.
But new study suggests being handsome may not always work in a man's favour-at least when it comes to his career.
    The research claims that attractive men are less likely to be given a job in a competitive work-place because they intimidate bosses. "It's not always an advantage to be pretty," says Marko Pitesa, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland. "It can backfire if you are perceived as a threat. "
Interestingly, in Pitesa's study, it was male attractiveness in particular, rather than female beauty, that made the most difference. If the interviewer expected to work with the candidate as part of a team, then he preferred good looking men. However, if the interviewer saw the candidate as a potential competitor, the interviewer discriminated in favor of unattractive men.
The results suggest that interviewers were not blinded by beauty, and instead calculated which candidate would further their own career.
    "The dominant theoretical perspective in the social sciences for several decades has been that biases and discrimination are caused by irrational prejudice," Pitesas says.
    "The way we explain it here, pretty men just seem more competent, so it is actually subjectively rational to discriminate for or against them."
    On a deeper level, she adds, the behavior remains irrational, since there's no evidence that a real link exists between looks and competence.
  • 参考答案:    There might be a common view that good-looking people can take advantages of their superior appearances in the daily life, especially for the pretty men in the job hunting market. However, according to a new research, good appearance is no longer been the silver bullet in a job interview.
        The results showed that although there was still a preference to cooperate with the attractive man and compete against the unattractive man, and did not mind to work with them. However, people were not likely to pick a good-looking man as their potential competitors.
        In my opinion, we should not depend ourselves on our appearance in terms of job hunting. Good appearance may bring us some benefits, but what is highly valued in the job market is our talents and abilities.