That Psychology Article and The Myth of the “Ugly” Black Woman
As if insecurity, self-hatred and low self-esteem wasn’t planted in young black women on our planet enough, along comes Satoshi Kanazawa to add fuel to the fire.
I assume you’ve all read or heard via a female friend’s capital letter/exclamation pointed twitter rants about the LSE lecturer’s article, which was posted (and recently taken down) on Psychology Today, entitled “Why Are Black Women Rated Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?”. I won’t lie to you, I was excited to see how he managed to come up with this thesis; I paused my recording of The Apprentice (Belgian Waffles haha), dished myself some plantain, poured me some Schloer and started reading.
I’ll do my best not to rant and keep it fairly short, simply because I believe everyone has the right to an opinion just as much as anyone has a right to challenge an opinion. There ARE many people in this world who probably believe black people (let alone women) are the least attractive race, fair dos, each to their own. This is not where my concern lies; my concern lies in HOW this theory was realized.
Let us start with the title shall we?
Title: WHY are black women rated less physically attractive than other women?
Why? C’mon Son! By stating why you are basically telling us that this is fact and a statement universally accepted as true. As an evolutionary psychologist, author, lecturer and presumably a guy who has common sense, it would be more applicable to take out the ‘why’ and leave the rest, thus leaving us to our own judgement and giving the readers a chance to forge answers. I know it’s an independent view but stay correct!
Intro: Add Health measures the physical attractiveness of its respondents both objectively and subjectively. At the end of each interview, the interviewer rates the physical attractiveness of the respondent objectively…………The physical attractiveness of each Add Health respondent is measured three times by three different interviewers over seven years.
Let’s be real, there’s no way you’ll be able to be objective when you’re asking people for their views on the attractiveness on other people. Also you’re trying to tell me over seven years black women have remained the ONLY CONSISTENT ‘average’ race? Who the hell were you interviewing? The Klu-Klux Klan? George Bush? Uncle Ruckus?
I firmly believe that the majority of people who were interviewed for this study weren’t black, who grew up outside of ‘urban’ settings and so either weren’t around many black people or could only compare black people on MTV with black people on Cops….tutt tutt. Whatever it was it came across a tad biased; I’m not saying that it’s impossible for these results to happen but it seems a little iffy that black women are so low compared to the rest.
Methodology But no Literary Review: Colourful graphs and Waves
Kanazawa had graphs to illustrate his point but the source data, links, material and questions he asked were nowhere to be seen. Where was the proof to show this even took place or what actually was asked? I’m smarter than a ten year old Kanazawa, I am..
The last three paragraphs were blatant subliminals (oxymoron I know). Though Kanazawa doesn’t blame black women being less attractive on the fact that they weigh the most out of the races or that both men and women are the least intelligent (shots fired!! But possibly based on studies from other figures so I’ll give him that) or that they have mutations (did this dude just call us X-Men?) by mentioning those factors I have a feeling he was slyly sending digs, but that just might be me.
The main thing I got from this was that it was almost an unnecessary study backed up by false, ‘presumably’ bias and lazy research. It’s almost as if he is “calling Black women ugly and disguising it as a study” so I see why there’s so much backlash but really and truly it shouldn’t affect black women.
“It is very interesting to note that, even though black women are objectively less physically attractive than other women, black women (and men) subjectively consider themselves to be far more physically attractive than others”
Not that it’s needed but that section of the article right there should be every indication that black women don’t need justification from Kanazawa, James Blunt, Snoop Dogg or Christina Aguilera to know they’re beautiful. Let him have his opinion, that’s all it is and he has a right to it. We’d prefer to it to be on a lesser platform but hey that’s the way the cookie crumbles, let’s be glad that the guys at Psychology Today had the decency to take it down.
That’s all I gotta say about that. I’m gone like Avram
What are your views on Kanazawa’s article? Our black women being victimized too much? How beautiful are those women in the pics? Holla!