Racism and ‘Science’

Sunday, Psychology Today published an article titled “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” The article was taken down after a overwhelming backlash about the piece. However, it has been reposted here and is definitely worth the look. The article talks about how African American women are “objectively” less attractive than other women, but “subjectively” find themselves more attractive. Frankly, I have no idea what it’s trying to say other than blatantly racist nonsense. It’s also very unsound in terms of ‘scientifc’ research. Who are the people polled? How were they identified? And most importantly, how can a broad generalization and conclusion such as this be drawn from a sampling of people’s opinions? Furthermore, I don’t understand why or how the author, Satoshi Kanazawa, got the article published. I also don’t understand how he could be a professor of evolutionary psychology at the London School of Economics. Maybe I’m off base in thinking that at the very least such an individual would make for some bad press for your learning institution. You can read more criticism of the article at Feministing.com.

What are your thoughts on the entire fiasco? What does this mean for working towards equality and social justice? How can we use this as a teaching tool or stepping stone?

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