First let me remind every Black women in the world that their beauty is infinite. From the Queen of Sheeba to Michele Obama there are countless examples of your attractiveness. So If I owned PT, it may be time for a Los Angeles Lakers type breakup. Whomever, okayed this article needs a rest, vacation or full blown retirement. For surely they must be sleep to the Halle Berry‘s to the Oprah Winfrey‘s. It blows me away how in this world where it is known that Black don’t Crack that this publication should be allowed to go unchecked. So CHECK EM!! SEE BELOW AND DEMAND A APOLOGY. Here is a letter I received from — Rashad, James, Gabriel, William, Dani, Matt, Natasha, and the rest of the ColorOfchange.org team
Nearly 20 years after a black parent documented how hard it was to hear, “Mommy, I want to be white,”1 Psychology Today reinforced the false and hurtful sentiment that Black women aren’t attractive.
Last week they published an article claiming it to be scientific fact that Black women are less beautiful than women of other races,2 penned by Satoshi Kanazawa, who is notorious for hiding behind pseudoscience to promote discredited racist and sexist ideas.3
By giving Kanazawa a platform and validating his ideas, Psychology Today dehumanized Black women and girls everywhere. After widespread public outcry, they removed the article from their website.4 But that alone won’t erase the damage they’ve done by validating these discredited ideas — the editors need to apologize, explain how this happened, and let us know that it won’t happen again. Please join us in demanding they do so immediately, and then ask your friends and family to do the same:
Kanazawa’s article is flawed from top to bottom.5 Using a dataset from an unrelated study of teenagers, he draws the obviously false conclusion that Black women are “objectively” less attractive than women from other racial groups.
Kanazawa has a long history of hiding behind pseudo-science to express racist and sexist views. He once wrote an article asking “Are All Women Essentially Prostitutes?” and another suggesting that the US should have dropped nuclear bombs across the entire Middle East after 9/11 because it would have wiped out Muslim terrorists.6
So why does Psychology Today continue to give him a platform? Black women constantly face both subtle and explicit messages that they are valued less than women of other races — messages that are especially damaging to Black girls. Now Psychology Today has served as launching point for yet another attack, this time in the name of science.
Almost as if to cover up the racism inherent in his piece, Kanazawa says that black men are, “if anything more attractive” than their counterparts of other races because of “greater testosterone.”7 But even here Kanazawa relies on the same pseudoscience to describe black men in familiar terms — brutish, hypermasculine, oversexed, exotic. And that’s dangerous, too.
He uses a modern-day version of the faulty logic used to dehumanize blacks as inferior for hundreds of years, from the social Darwinists and eugenicists of the 19th century to The Bell Curve just 15 years ago. Psychology Today has a responsibility not to give such false logic a stage, nor validation.
To undo the damage it’s done, Psychology Today needs to explicitly reject Kanazawa’s ideas. Please join us in demanding that their editors apologize, explain how this article was published in the first place and what they’ll do to ensure it won’t happen again in the future. It takes just a moment:
Thanks and Peace,
— Rashad, James, Gabriel, William, Dani, Matt, Natasha, and the rest of the ColorOfchange.org team
May 23rd, 2011
Tell Psychology Today to apologize
Psychology Today recently published an article claiming it to be scientific fact that Black women are less beautiful than women of other races. The article was flawed from top to bottom — it was actually opinion masquerading as science, written by someone with a track record of using pseudoscience to promote discredited racist and sexist ideas.
Psychology Today needs to apologize, explain how this happened and how they plan to make sure it won’t happen again. Please join us in demanding that they do.
Below is the petition we’ll send to Psychology Today editor-in-chief Kaja Perina on your behalf:
Dear Ms. Perina ,
I was disturbed by your journal’s decision to publish “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” by Satoshi Kanazawa. An apology is owed to your readers and to Black women, and I would like to understand how this happened, what steps Psychology Today will take to make sure such irresponsible endorsements of dehumanizing pseudoscience doesn’t happen again.
The article in question posited as fact that Black women are less attractive than women of other races and ethnicities. But it’s clear that the post was actually an opinion piece written by someone known to promote racist and sexist ideas. That Psychology Today, which is regarded as a credible source of information about mental health, would publish such stereotype-driven propaganda is shameful. I also find it alarming that you would remove the post from your site but not admit your obvious error.
Please issue a public apology, explain how a damaging opinion piece masquerading as science made it through your journal’s editorial process, and explain what you intend to do to make sure your audience isn’t again subjected to efforts to promote the belief that Black women — or any other group — are inferior based on false science.
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