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None of us has forgotten Satoshi Kanazawa’s article in Psychology Today last year which claimed black women to be the least attractive, but a Harlem photographer is trying to erase the damage that was done with a new photo essay called “Beauty in Black.”
For the project, Paul Phillips wants to create a coffee table book filled with 30 to 40 high-quality black & white and color images celebrating the beauty and spirit of black women.
“As a black man who is married to a beautiful black woman, I didn’t get mad I got busy,” he said. “I am creating a photo essay that will portray the beauty of African American women of all shades, shapes and sizes.”
In the book, Paul says he wants to capture black women and girls from all walks of life across the country to address hair, skin tone, and body image. With a page on Kickstarter.com, he’s hoping to raise the funds needed to bring the project to fruition by March 2013.
Check out the promotional video here and tell us what you think about the project. Why are black women beautiful to you?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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(Hip Hop Wired) — A psychologist has been fired from his blogger post atPsychology Today and had his profile page deleted by the company’s website after posting a “study” blog stating “Why All Black Women Are Less Attractive.” Satoshi Kanazawa, also employed by the London School of Economics, recent posting of an unfounded blog stating, “black women are rated less attractive than other women,” received disdain from hoards of angry people, not just black women.
It’s looks like Psychology Today‘s hand-spanking over Dr. Kanazawa’s hack job of a study that dissed black women left enough of a sting, because news has it that Dr. “Krazy with a K” has been dumped from the site’s blogger line-up. I guess St. Ives pulling out all its advertising plus all the petitioning, emails, calls and threats will teach them some learnin’.
This is a testament to how online organizing is the new ‘civil rights’ march. Bloggers, online petitions, emails and Twitter can all make change, and you don’t even have to change out of your pajamas and fuzzy bunny slippers to participate. Showering is also optional.
The movement to get Doctor Krazy ousted was largely composed of black women, who banded together and used the power they’ve always had, but don’t use often enough. However, Gina, the ‘Blogmother’ of What About Our Daughters, who was integral to organizing the Psychology Today protest, has mixed feelings about the outcome.
We already responded to that ridic Psychology Today article on here (response one and response two), so we thought it was only right to give you a couple updates that you might find interesting. “Dr” Satoshi Kanazawa might need to hit up Craigslist soon to start a job hunt. The students at the London School of Economics, Kanazawa’s current employer, were none too pleased with his “scholarly” article and have asked the school to give him his walking papers. Let’s hope that works out.
Remember that foolish “study” that was passed off as science declaring that black women are less physically attractive than other women? Even though Psychology Today later pulled the article after getting hit with a massive public backlash, the article’s author, pseudo-evolutionary psychologist Satoshia Kanazawa, is not out of the woods yet.
On Thursday, the student union at the London School of Economics, where Kanazawa is a reader in the management department, unanimously called for his dismissal, according to BBC News. University administrators have said that Kanazawa’s views are “his own and do not in any way represent those of LSE as an institution.” Though the University supports academic freedom, in which authors have the right to publish their views, it also gives others the freedom to disagree, and the institution is “conducting internal investigations into this matter.”
Sherelle Davids, anti-racism officer-elect of the LSE Students’ Union, told BBC, “As a black woman I feel his conclusions are a direct attack on black women everywhere who are not included in social ideas of beauty.”
Demanding Kanazawa’s termination is a no brainer considering that this is not the first time his “research” was laced with racial and prejudicial undertones. His previous controversial postings include blog entries such as “Are All Women Essentially Prostitutes?” and “What’s wrong with Muslims?”
It’s commendable that the university’s students are holding Kanazawa accountable for spreading his biased views. Though we clearly do not live in a post-racial society, not everyone wants to be subjected to such vile messages that attacks diverse groups of people.
The black blogosphere went H.A.M. yesterday over a post written in Psychology Today entitled “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” The post, which was penned by pseudo-evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics, contains a lot of inflammatory subjective “science” that basically trashes black women.
In the piece, Kanazawa polls a bunch of his friends, who also hate black women, and (surprise, surprise) discovers that black women are statistically far less attractive than white, Asian and Native American women. Then he “analyzes” his data, determining that “Black women are on average much heavier than nonblack women.” Moreover, “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.”
Kanazawa concludes his findings with this thoughtless piece of subjectivity: “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.”
So in non-scientific terminology—black women are not only fat and less intelligent than our non-black counterparts, but we also look like men.
After a mid-morning email blitz from disgruntled black women (and the men that love them) everywhere, Psychology Today pulled the piece. However, thanks to the infinite powers of the Internet, Kanazawa’s bigoted douchebaggery lives on for eternity.
While I am not a psychologist, I can certainly tell when someone needs one. Perhaps Kanazawa is overcompensating for the unproven stereotypes about the sexual prowess of Asian men. Or maybe he has gotten his heart broken before by a fat, black, handsome looking broad, so now he is taking out all his anger on all black women. Either way, it’s clear that whatever inferiority “issues” he has can only be solved with some deep therapy and not here on this post.
Nevertheless, it does shock me to see that a somewhat generally reputable science magazine has continually engaged in irrational arguments for why blatant forms of ethnocentrism, xenophobia and racism are perfectly rational. As pointed out by Jezebel, Psychology Today has a long history of debasing women and feminism, “blaming it for everything from unhappiness to sexual harassment to just plain evilness.” Some of Kanazawa’s previous entries have included topics such as: “Why Modern Feminism is Illogical, Unnecessary, and Evil;” “Men Sexually Harass Women Because They Are Not Sexist;” and my personal favorite, “Are All Women Essentially Prostitutes?”
But it’s just not women that Kanazawa seems to degrade with his moronic theorizing. He has also claimed there is a link between lower average IQ and poverty in Africa. Unfortunately, Kanazawa, among others, is allowed to play up these baseless hypotheses about the human condition thanks in part to evolutionary psychology. Evolutionary psychology is becoming increasingly popular and influential on popular culture, and you are often more likely to see articles from this perspective in publications like Psychology Today.
Evolutionary “study” is not a new concept; prior to the 1980s, sociobiology was the popular science that linked human behavior to evolution. Like Kanazawa, Charles Darwin did his fair share to popularize biologic racism. By the early 1900s Darwin had cooked up the theory that white people evolved from chimpanzees, the more intelligent primate, while blacks and the Orientals evolved from less intelligent primates such as orangutans and gorillas. Then there was Sir Francis Galton, founder of the eugenics movement, who theorized that intelligence was mainly hereditary and that Negroes were barely human at all.
So does this prove that evolutionary psychology is totally useless pseudo-science? Not exactly; it does have its uses to show how certain environmental conditions can impact human behavior. But as a general rule, it’s best to take certain evolutionary studies we read with a grain of salt since a lot of the conclusions drawn are often based on a political and/or social prejudice idea—if not from the views of the bigot scientist himself.
Charing Ball is the author of the blog People, Places & Things.