I’ve been reading your blog for the last 2 years. I love it! Today, my friend posted the following on her Facebook page, and I just had to share it with the CN community;
Great way to start a Monday. Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women? Good job Psychology today. If you think this is a racist piece of garbage, you can Call Psychology Today to protest at 212-260-7210
Shocked and appalled. Black women already have so much to fight against when it comes to proving their worth and beauty… what we DON’T need is a racist, “scientific” study to back up stereotypes!
Psychology Today has already removed the article. Surprised? If you missed it, below are the researcher’s (Satoshi Kanazawa, a PhD out of The London School of Economics) conclusions;
What accounts for the markedly lower average level of physical attractiveness among black women? Black women are on average much heavier than nonblack women. The mean body-mass index (BMI) at Wave III is 28.5 among black women and 26.1 among nonblack women. (Black and nonblack men do not differ in BMI: 27.0 vs. 26.9.) However, this is not the reason black women are less physically attractive than nonblack women. Black women have lower average level of physical attractiveness net of BMI. Nor can the race difference in intelligence (and the positive association between intelligence and physical attractiveness) account for the race difference in physical attractiveness among women. Black women are still less physically attractive than nonblack women net of BMI and intelligence. Net of intelligence, black men are significantly more physically attractive than nonblack men.
There are many biological and genetic differences between the races. However, such race differences usually exist in equal measure for both men and women. For example, because they have existed much longer in human evolutionary history, Africans have more mutations in their genomes than other races. And the mutation loads significantly decrease physical attractiveness (because physical attractiveness is a measure of genetic and developmental health). But since both black women and black men have higher mutation loads, it cannot explain why only black women are less physically attractive, while black men are, if anything, more attractive.
The only thing I can think of that might potentially explain the lower average level of physical attractiveness among black women is testosterone. Africans on average have higher levels of testosterone than other races, and testosterone, being an androgen (male hormone), affects the physical attractiveness of men and women differently. Men with higher levels of testosterone have more masculine features and are therefore more physically attractive. In contrast, women with higher levels of testosterone also have more masculine features and are therefore less physically attractive. The race differences in the level of testosterone can therefore potentially explain why black women are less physically attractive than women of other races, while (net of intelligence) black men are more physically attractive than men of other races.
Since when is racism ‘objective physical attractiveness’?
“Recall that women on average are more physically attractive than men.” That’s as if I said: “Recall that oranges on average are more physically attractive than apples.”
Sounds like this guy belongs in the ‘bell curve’ company… I really hate it when people don’t have the intellectual honesty to face their own prejudices and hide behind science instead…
That’s my 2 cents… but as you know, I’m fairly intolerant of assholes 🙂
What say you?