Life is hard when you're a devastatingly handsome man
Life's not easy when you're an incredibly handsome man.
There are things people don't get about you, like that the mere shape of your jaw incites car accidents and generalized chaos. Do you know what it's like to live with that kind of guilt on your perfectly-sculpted shoulders?
And now, to make matters worse, a new study seems to confirm that being really-fucking-dashing isn't all roses and non-stop Mrs. Robinson situations. As it turns out, a man's hunkiness may in fact be an obstacle to his career.
Research from the University of Maryland found that good-looking men often have difficulty getting jobs in competitive environments, like in business or sales, because those in charge of hiring subconsciously perceive them as threatening.
... Which is partially true. Panty-melting is a real and serious threat.
Perhaps this perceived threat during the hiring stage is why 99 percent of hot men are relegated to the education department, where hot professors and high school counselors roam free in innumerable herds. Sup, Mr. Greaney from Surrealist Literature class in 2011.
This finding directly contradicts previous research that found handsome men make more money, are perceived as more competent (attractive women, on the other hand, are often seen as less competent), and are more successful in closing big deals. But that's just more proof that face-meltingly gorgeous hunks of burning love are a poorly-understood species of superhuman.
But, some men were just born that way. And while their fitness as a reproductive partner is unspeakable, that doesn't always mean it's easy for them to become the sales team leader at Best Buy.
Even man-god Kit Harington of Game of Thrones knows this vicious struggle all to well. Although he's built a loyal, lusty following of sexually-willing men and women, he's just not that interested in being a hot man. As he told Page Sex, we mean Page Six,
“To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning ... it’s not just men that can be inappropriate sexually; women can be as well. I’m in a successful TV show in a kind of leading man way and it can sometimes feel like your art is being put to one side for your sex appeal. And I don’t like that … In this position you get asked a lot, ‘Do you like being a heartthrob? Do you like being a hunk?’ Well, my answer is, ‘That’s not what I got into it for.'”
Wow, that was deep. Almost as deep as the ocean of tears we're crying for all the unemployed hot men out there. Somewhere, a tiny Kit Harington is playing a tiny violin in their honor.