Psychology Today: Why Are Black Women Less Attractive?

This article has been pulled from the Psychology Today website.

I don’t think most guys find fatties attractive, whatever their race.

Jeff emails:

I occasionally see some fine sisters, but they seem never to be from New York, but from places like Atlanta. And are rare. Still, if the observation about testosterone is true, then that would explain a lot. Also, Africa is a huge place, and we here in America don’t get a random cross section, but in the main West Africans, whose overall look just does not appeal to me. Nilotic Africans on the other hand (e.g. Ethiopians) tend to be way hotter. Also, many black women here got fat. Really fat. And ghetto. Fat plus ghetto is never a good combination.

If I were counseling black women, I would tell them all to drop thirty pounds and to act all lady like.

Fox News reports:

As an investigation by the London School of Economics continues into a blog posting by one of its lecturers who questioned why black women are “less physically attractive” than other women, a growing number of critics are calling for his ouster.
In a blog posting Sunday that was removed from Psychology Today, Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa, a lecturer in the London School of Economic’s management department, wrote that black women were rated to be less attractive than women of other races on average, although black men were not rated less attractive than men of other races.
“The only thing I can think of that might potentially explain the lower average level of physical attractiveness among black women is testosterone,” Kanazawa wrote, according to cached versions of the posting. “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.”

The Atlantic reports:

Earlier this month, the popular magazine Psychology Today published an article by evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa titled “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” that was met, expectedly, with mass outrage. The article used data based on another study to make several claims such as “black women are objectively less physically attractive than other women” yet “subjectively consider themselves to be far more physically attractive than others.”
After some attempted editing of the title, the magazine retracted the post from its website in its entirety. Kanazawa in turn is facing an investigation by the London School of Economics, where he is a professor, after a unanimous vote for his dismissal by the student union.
Contributing writers to Psychology Today moved quickly to do some damage control. Dr. Kaufman, in his blog for the magazine “Beautiful Minds,” wrote a post re-analyzing Kanazawa’s data.

Here’s an excerpt: “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.”

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