Black Women Are Ugly & 'Scientific' Research Says So


Satoshi KanazawaHuh. Just when I was wondering why I hadn’t added a notch to my bedpost for knocking off a little Japanese evolutionary psychologist, Satoshi Kanazawa sensed my wonderment and answered my question. Seems he thinks black women are unappealing. Meaning, we’s ugly. And he’s got graphs, charts, and flimsy research to prove his whole little demented point.

Guess that takes me out of the running for a date with that fine little thang. Shucks.

His contention, originally posted on Psychology Today’s website, was entitled "Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women? Translated into Ebonics, my second language, that reads “Why Are Black Chicks So Damn Homely?” Evidently he’s tired of being accosted by our outward beastliness and got to the bottom of it. My question is: Did the deep-thinking editors over at Psychology Today not stop to contemplate that the post might be a smidge offensive? 

Of course they did. Because they surely would’ve axed that thing from the giddy-up had it been about Jewish women or Latino women or Russian women. Fact of the matter is, they didn’t care, which makes this whole fiasco doubly insulting. They ran it because they assumed that the general populace of black broads don’t read their publication. Well, good folks, we do. I’m sorry: we did. And some of us even write.

Up until now, I had been impressed with the cool perspective the print magazine and its online component had on issues like parenting and dating. In fact, I’ve even linked to the site during my rants and ramblings here on The Stir. That was before I found out that they didn’t respect me and my kind enough to not publish what is clearly some quack’s thinly veiled racism backed by some piddly scientific evidence.

Folks are still calling for that elusive “I’m sorry” from the Psychology Today camp, but as far as I’m concerned, they can save it. Any apology more than a week in the making is an apology I don’t care to get.

Truth is, the research wasn’t even all that compelling — and this is coming from a layperson’s perspective, so I’m pretty sure a team comprised of and catering to licensed practitioners should’ve been none too bedazzled by it. I bet Dr. Kanazawa thought he was doing something real groundbreaking when he drummed up his concept. And when he shared it with his colleagues, I’m sure he got all kinds of affirmations, maybe even a geeky group high-five.

What would’ve been an assertion actually worthy of research and interest is why everybody wants to dog out black women but so many people want to be like black women.

Just parts and pieces of us, anyway. Plastic surgeons are booked up with appointments made by chicks wanting to plump up their lips and beef up their backsides. Inasmuch as folks like to attribute the invention of pouty mouths and bubble butts to Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lopez, those attributes are one hunert percent homegrown straight from Mother Africa.

Tanning salons make a killing, and when it’s warm and sunny outside, you can’t find a patch of sand or a piece of park grass that doesn’t have a pale-skinned chick laying out on it, all in our white sistren’s effort to brown their skin up. I’ve had ladies diligent in their mission to get golden hold their arms up next to mine like my complexion is the standard they’re trying to achieve.

Next time I’ll warn them that this look right here ain’t the way to go.

Truth be told, I can only be but so put out over what Dr. Kanazawa said. It’s unfortunate that, as a black woman, I’ve developed a sort of expectant defensiveness to this kind of stuff. I mean, we stay the subject of somebody’s study, research, or report. We’ve been nappy-headed hoes a la Don Imus and big booty hoes a la Snoop Dogg. Disrespect is an unfortunate consequence of being born black and female. That doesn’t make anything about this situation right. It just makes it unsurprising.

When I look at Jill Scott, Gabrielle Union, and Michelle Obama — heck, my own daughter and my circle of family and friends who aren’t household names but every bit as gorgeous as anybody’s red carpet-walking celebrity — it makes this dude’s claims even less worthy of getting all worked up about. We’ve given him too much attention and time as it is.

Is there some validity to Dr. Kanazawa’s study? Can one group of women be less attractive than others?

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daugh... daughteroftruth

Well, Im just a woman, so my opion is different then that of an average male... I dont' think I have ever seen one group of woman that were more attractive then another.  Course there are individual woman who may be more attractive then others. But even then, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  What one man or woman finds attractive, then next may view as homely. 



nonmember avatar Aubrey

I can't believe they'd allow an article like that to be published . I am so sorry . Every woman is beautiful . People shouldn't have to 'look white' or 'look black' ... we are each infinetely beautiful in our own way .

mustb... mustbeGRACE

Does anybody remember Whitney Houston or Beverly Johnson when they were 25?

Gorgeous women and much prettier than any average white woman.


Gorgeous is gorgeous no matter what color you are.

Big bug eyes, long lashes, high brows and cheek bones, turned up noses and full lips are features that cross color barriers and are features that even toddlers prefer to look at.

It always has been true for our culture and always will be.

Please don't tell me that the above mentioned features are just the "white" coming out in people.

They are present in all cultures and all ethnicities.

Yeah,  I  know, we are all beautiful in our own way and all that stuff.......................

Just responding.

Psychology  Today is ridiculous.

So I guess the group of least attractive women is made up of 90% of us who don't possess those features,  all different colors of us!


CoolR... CoolRelax

Oh snap, let me go hide my ugly face in the closet!  Why do people publish this idiot?  Wasn't he the same one who had a study that "proved" that liberals are smarter than conservatives?  GTFOO.

Maria J. Niel

Beauty is the eye of the beholder.  I am originally from Mexico and we have been told more than once that Mexican women are ugly, but guess what?  The current Miss Universe is from Mexico; so I would not pay attention to stupid people like this "gentleman", maybe his big crush was AA girl and she would not even give him a second look.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

CoolRelax... People on the Stir LOVED that study. They run with that because it is fitting for them. Either he's wrong or he's right in his methods. Somebody is always going to be offended when you compare groups.

nonmember avatar Anon

Well, I'm glad you stopped being a fan of Psychology Today, anyway. ... Personally I don't believe beauty can ever be objectively identified. And frankly, while I've seen beautiful women of all backgrounds, most women of all races are not beautiful except to those who know and love them. And that's really no problem! I'm plain and quite content to be plain. And the day I give a crap what some arrogant man thinks of my looks? Just shoot me and put me out of my misery.

nonmember avatar Christine

Beauty does NOT come from the outside no matter what color your skin is. I am teaching my daughter the same thing my parents' taught me; beauty comes from the inside. Of course this is in terms of needing to be a good person, but also, I think if a person is happy with themselves they have a glow that makes them pretty no matter how the may look. All colors of women can achieve this beautiful glow! I hope it does not take my daughter as long to find her glow as it did me. I just found my glow in the past 3 years or so. At five, my daughter already has more confidence in herself than I did for the majority of my life. SO, this "study", I say BLAH!

Sweet... Sweet_Holly

Well not all women whom tan, have big lips or a bigger arse is "wanting" to be like a black woman. Sorry but thats not true... I'm light olive and tan easy just when outside.. I have a nice round arse and big lips.. but guess what I WAS BORN that way.. just like most of us JEWISH women are. Just saying. 

& I don't think it was racist of him.. I think it was his opinion and he should have stated "his opinion & the opinions of those he researched". I don't find many other races attractive but thats MY OPINION.. doesn't make me racist.. I just like what I like.. kwim? 

bills... billsfan1104

Ummm, white woman do tan to be "black". They tan so that they look healthier and not as sickly as they are when they are pasty white. And when I tanned, I tanned because it helped my depression and I lvoed the heat. You can always switch that around and say that black woman are trying to be "white" when they get long extentions put in their hair or when they straighten their hair.

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