Is “Psychology Today” Wrong About Black Women?

It seems NFL defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and Psychology Today have something in common: neither like Black women. The former is accused of sexual harassment by a Black waitress and the latter is accused of racism for publishing a study that states Black women are the least desired women on the planet.

It’s 2011: The new archetype of beauty… she has inner beauty

That Psychology Today quickly removed this study from its site is a truly wonderful development and it’s our hope that the discriminating tastes of males (regardless of race) the world over will quickly change. The prevailing archetype of beauty has, for too long, been dominated by white women. Not just white women, but white women of Northern European heritage.

The author of the now censored study describing why Black females are the least attractive, Satoshi Kanazawa, also wrote this fantastic article for Psychology Today (which is still available) that describes 10 politically incorrect truths of human nature. No. 1 is a worth repeating:
Men like blond bombshells (and women want to look like them)

Long before TV—in 15th- and 16th- century Italy, and possibly two millennia ago—women were dying their hair blond. A recent study shows that in Iran, where exposure to Western media and culture is limited, women are actually more concerned with their body image, and want to lose more weight, than their American counterparts. It is difficult to ascribe the preferences and desires of women in 15th-century Italy and 21st-century Iran to socialization by media.

Women’s desire to look like Barbie—young with small waist, large breasts, long blond hair, and blue eyes—is a direct, realistic, and sensible response to the desire of men to mate with women who look like her. There is evolutionary logic behind each of these features.

Men prefer young women in part because they tend to be healthier than older women. One accurate indicator of health is physical attractiveness; another is hair. Healthy women have lustrous, shiny hair, whereas the hair of sickly people loses its luster. Because hair grows slowly, shoulder-length hair reveals several years of a woman’s health status.

Men also have a universal preference for women with a low waist-to-hip ratio. They are healthier and more fertile than other women; they have an easier time conceiving a child and do so at earlier ages because they have larger amounts of essential reproductive hormones. Thus men are unconsciously seeking healthier and more fertile women when they seek women with small waists.

Until very recently, it was a mystery to evolutionary psychology why men prefer women with large breasts, since the size of a woman’s breasts has no relationship to her ability to lactate. But Harvard anthropologist Frank Marlowe contends that larger, and hence heavier, breasts sag more conspicuously with age than do smaller breasts. Thus they make it easier for men to judge a woman’s age (and her reproductive value) by sight—suggesting why men find women with large breasts more attractive.

Alternatively, men may prefer women with large breasts for the same reason they prefer women with small waists. A new study of Polish women shows that women with large breasts and tight waists have the greatest fecundity, indicated by their levels of two reproductive hormones (estradiol and progesterone).

Blond hair is unique in that it changes dramatically with age. Typically, young girls with light blond hair become women with brown hair. Thus, men who prefer to mate with blond women are unconsciously attempting to mate with younger (and hence, on average, healthier and more fecund) women. It is no coincidence that blond hair evolved in Scandinavia and northern Europe, probably as an alternative means for women to advertise their youth, as their bodies were concealed under heavy clothing.

Women with blue eyes should not be any different from those with green or brown eyes. Yet preference for blue eyes seems both universal and undeniable—in males as well as females. One explanation is that the human pupil dilates when an individual is exposed to something that she likes. For instance, the pupils of women and infants (but not men) spontaneously dilate when they see babies. Pupil dilation is an honest indicator of interest and attraction. And the size of the pupil is easiest to determine in blue eyes. Blue-eyed people are considered attractive as potential mates because it is easiest to determine whether they are interested in us or not.

Now what exactly did the study state and what did Kanazawa conclude in his blog post that got Black women everywhere (whom, if trends continue, will all be considered morbidly obese in 30 years) upset and had them rushing to a beauty salon to get weaves and hair that looks white? Well, it said this:
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.

There are many biological and genetic differences between the races. However, such race differences usually exist in equal measure for both men and women. For example, because they have existed much longer in human evolutionary history, Africans have more mutations in their genomes than other races. And the mutation loads significantly decrease physical attractiveness (because physical attractiveness is a measure of genetic and developmental health). But since both black women and black men have higher mutation loads, it cannot explain why only black women are less physically attractive, while black men are, if anything, more attractive.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. 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.
It’s a well known fact that Black women have less success at online dating and lower rates of marriage, but is it due to higher rates of testosterone? Not being an evolutionary psychologist, we’ll leave the questions raised by Kanazawa to be answered by professionals.
However we are equipped to look into other aspects of the questions broached by Kanazawa and marshal evidence that might enrage the fine ladies at,,,, and
Yuck! No one finds her attractive!

That discriminating tastes of men (regardless of race) seem to lead to the eschewing of Black women in favor of other female racial groups is noticeable in every facet of life. A lack of roles for Black women in both television and movie industry is simply because men desire seeing women who look Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Garner, Blake Lively,  January Jones, etc. Sorry Gabourey Sidibe, you won’t be starring opposite Ryan Reynolds anytime soon.

Sports Illustrated puts out a swimsuit issue every year and, ever year, its white women that sell the magazine. The discriminating invisible hand of the free market is at play here, while other, not so invisible hands probably come into play too:

More than 70 percent of professional athletes are African American, but you wouldn’t know it by reading the latest issue of Sport’s Illustrated’s much ballyhooed swimsuit issue.

The 184-page issue,  the magazine’s most profitable, boasts 18 models, but only two are African American and you won’t see them until  page 140.

The magazine is one of the industry’s top sellers, averaging more than one million newsstand sales along with 3.2 million issues that go out to subscribers.

Needless to say, getting into the pages of the coveted issue is a career maker, and models such as Brooklyn Decker, this year’s cover, and Bar Refaeli, 2009′s cover model, became household names after appearing in the magazine.

Sports Illustrated has been publishing the swimsuit issue continuously since 1964, and Tyra Banks has been the only African American model to grace the cover. She first appeared in 1996, but shared the cover with model Valeria Mazza, who is white.

No two models since then have shared a cover. All have been white. Only one other issue, 1994′s, featured multiple models.  Kathy Ireland, Elle MacPherson and Rachel Hunter appeared together.

Tyra repeated on the cover solo in 1997, but the photo caused a controversy because of allegations that Banks’  hips were photoshopped to make her look slimmer.

Sports Illustrated has found, as have Maxim and Victoria’s Secret, that the tastes of all men seem to be monochromatic. Put a white woman, preferably buxom and blond, in a skimpy bathing suit or lingerie and you have instant success as well as buys. That’s the free market at work.
Personal opinion might not be fact, but the failure for major magazines or Victoria’s Secret to introduce Black women into their marketing campaigns or pages has to with market testing and more than a few thousand years of evolution. Sadly, social engineering through film and stupid shows like Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model have yet been able to dissuade men (of all races) from desiring white women.
The same thing can be found in the world of pornography. This billion dollar industry resides on men purchasing (or downloading) indescribable sexual actions that, more than likely, have a white girl participating in them. Montana Fishburne was applauded by other women of color for desiring entry into this seedy industry, because so few Black women are found in this industry.
Black women are rarely found in the porn industry because connoisseurs of porn apparently have little desire to purchase videos that showcase such Nubian sexuality. Supply and demand anyone? Market forces for Black women in porn simply aren’t there.
Again, every study on internet dating shows that Black women are the least desired of all races putting up a or profile. Recall that John Mayer was slammed for “racist” remarks in Playboy when he stated he had no attraction to Black women. How many people have even heard that Albert Haynesworth used the “I’m not even attracted to Black women” defense in trying to persuade his lawyer of his innocence?
Back in 2008, The Wall Street Journal ran an article on the beauty industry called “Crossing Fashions Thin White Line.” Fashion models tend to be white and non-descript, because designers want people looking at the clothes these rail-thin whiteys wear as they walk the catwalk. Of course people complained about the lack of Black women and we have this article from Reuters for your consideration:

A dearth of black models strutting the catwalks is a persistent issue in the fashion world and while the numbers have improved, there are still too few, fashion observers say.

At New York’s semi-annual Fashion Week ending on Friday, many designers used two or three black models, in the more than 30 shows attended by Reuters reporters. Several only used one, and some had none. Most of the shows featured between 12 and 25 models.

Labels Tracy Reese, DKNY and Diane von Furstenberg displayed a high number of black models this season while others, such as Vivienne Tam, did not use any.
Too few industry types are following the lead of former Vogue editor Grace Mirabella, the first to use a black model on the magazine’s cover, said Tim Gunn, creative director at Liz Claiborne and co-host of Bravo television’s “Project Runway.”

Some designers consider cultural and ethnic diversity on the runway, “but there are not enough,” he said.

While the issue was once left to pioneering black models Iman and Naomi Campbell to note, attention has grown recently.

This year, Vogue Italia’s first “Black Issue,” with more than 20 black models, created worldwide buzz and sold out.

We feel sorry for Black women out there who are forced to compete in a world where their inner beauty is of no match for the outer beauty of white, Asian or Hispanic women. It’s our sincere hope that some form of scientific breakthrough can come that starts to measure a woman’s inner beauty, because we believe Black women have every other racial group of women beat there.
Until then, Black women will continue to complain that the fashion world passes over them, and The Atlantic magazine will publish articles that let us know we move irrevocably closer to the date when all Black women in America will be considered morbidly obese:
(In 2008, the five states with obesity rates of 30 percent or more were Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee.) Black children are more at peril of becoming obese than white children; black women are more than 50 percent more likely to be obese than white women. “At the current rate of increase,” epidemiologists noted in a recent article in Obesity, “it will take less than 30 years for all black women to become overweight or obese.”
What’s funny is that predominately Black Web sites were quick to publish the findings of a “personal opinion” study from Allure magazine which claimed to show that “mixed women” were now viewed as the most attractive.
We’ve reached a point where successful Black women can’t find potential mates to marry. Obviously these Black women don’t have a net worth of a mere $5 dollars (like the majority of single Black women), but that they have so few opportunities at marriage and so few potential suitors would indicate that outer beauty is what they are lacking.
When you think about, one can only blame evolution for creating this positive view of white women (among all races of men) that places an inordinate amount of value on looks instead of inner beauty.
That Black women spend billions of dollars each year attempting to get “white hair” isn’t enough to overcome the stigma of thousands of years of evolution. Hollywood hasn’t given up on creating positive examples of Black people in movies and in television, but they have all but given up on creating sex symbols out of Black women. The consumer has rejected those.
Successful Black athletes, actors and rappers all tend to find white women most desirous and pursue these gold-diggers when their inflated bank accounts allow them access to such ladies. Think of Ice T or Dr. Dre, who might put forth a Black power vibe in their lyrics, but were unable to remove their desire to secure a trophy white wife when given the opportunity.
So was Psychology Today wrong to publish a blog post that stated what any pervert with a knowledge of the pornography industry could tell you? No.
Black women are the least desired women on the planet. Sports Illustrated, Maxim, Victoria’s Secret, Playboy, the porn industry, television, movies, the fashion industry, and the fact that Black women are viewed largely as “a quick lay” (72 percent out-of-wedlock birthrate for Black kids) should be enough evidence to prove this point.
Or perhaps online dating statistics, where Black girls rarely get winks or E-mails. published this article, which blasts the Psychology Today study:

The resulting piece of journalism — and I use that word very loosely in this case — is just as offensive as one might suspect. And the author’s arguments turn out to have quite a few holes, not the least of which is that his “scientific analysis” of black women’s inferior beauty is based on the opinions of unidentified “interviewers” and their entirely subjective standards of beauty.

Having some men in white coats rate the attractiveness of a handful of women on a scale of 1-5 resembles a glorified version of the game “hot or not”, not some serious attempt at engaging the scientific method. Which raises the question: why were such racist views and stereotypes about black women’s attractiveness ever treated as legitimate by a prominent psychology publication?

It’s 2011, and questions about racial inferiority were settled ages ago. These days phrenology (a pseudoscience that once sought to establish black inferiority using measurements of the skull) is known better as the title of a classic Roots album than a credible scientific theory of racial essentialism. And in an age where the black community can claim the beauty and talent of gorgeous women like Beyoncé, Kerry Washington, Jill Scott, Michelle Obama, Jada Pinkett Smith, Erykah Badu, and so many more, it’s hard not to balk at ridiculous suggestions that we don’t got it going on. is right, it is 2011. Why haven’t men’s views on female beauty changed? Sports Illustrated should be forced to put Michelle Obama on the next cover of its swimsuit issue; all romantic comedies starring Matt Mcconaughey must also co-star Gabourey Sidibe; all pornography downloaded or streamed from the Internet must only feature Black women performing lewd actions that the father who abandoned them would be incredibly proud of; and all non-Black members of,, or must only wink at Black chicks.
After all, it’s 2011…


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2 Responses to Is “Psychology Today” Wrong About Black Women?

  1. Mich says:

    You seem to have a strong dislike for black women. It drips for every sarcastic line, as if black women should just roll over and say nothing about an attention-seeking, stocky, round-headed guy who conducted a study that only God knows what he was trying to accomplish by it. What will the results of the study be used for? To begin the assassination of the black women? I saw a pic of the guy and boy, is he a looker (rolling eyes). So what now? Should black women now will themselves and their children out of existence because some ‘gorgeous’ asian guy decided to show us as least desireable and asian women (and not white women as you purport) as most desireable?

    So you put up a picture of a fat black actress as if all black women are fat (she isn’t an ugly person by the way…fat, but not ugly). There are many beautiful black women you couldve used. You might have used it for sharp contrast, but the white woman you put up (is attractive but) hardly a bombshell. This is in my opinion. Longer, sleeker arms are more attractive. With all the preoccupation with the beauty of the white women (all its hype), you seem to forget about body. From my observation of many white women, they tend to have looser skin, less compact and less rounded figures. Their bottoms tend to be flat and there are two protruding hip-bones, too sharp and placed too high to achieve the rounded hour-glass figure. As to whether these traits are considered less attractive, Evol-biologists answer this question.

    Evol-Biologists believe that rounder (not overweight) figures are most attractive to men. Mixed women (latinos/hispanic) and black women tend to have firmer, rounder bodies when not overweight. So if these same evol-biologists are to be believed, couldnt there be another explanation for the preoccupation of european cultures with white women? Say for instance, the fact that the majority of the population is white?

    I can tell you for being someone who grew up in a country where whites arent the majority, that there is no distinction between a white person with black hair, red hair or yellow hair. That is a phenonenon of white cultures. I, and most people I know, am neutral to blond hair. So please be mindful of this when you and your European scientists seek to generalize the results of your European studies.

    Peace & tolerance for all peoples and all cultures. This is the true mark of evolved intelligence.

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