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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.