Monday, May 16, 2011

The Return of Eugenics

Satoshi Kanazawa has a blog on Psychology Today entitled The Scientific Fundamentalist: A Look at the Hard Truths About Human Nature. His most recent post is "Why are Black Women Rated Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women, But Black Men Are Rated Better Looking Than Other Men?" Firstly, anything or anyone referred to as a "Fundamentalist" are almost always extremist. Fundamentalism in many sections of society harbors an element of racism. So with this in mind I can answer why anyone would do such a study. Why it would become published I'm still unsure.
The subjects in the study interviewed respondents and at the end of the interview rated their attractiveness from 1-5. Yep, like we did of the boys in middle school. There was a health component to it as well though it was not explained. He used factor analysis as his method of statistical analysis. Email me if you would like me to explain it. The general gist of the study is this:
  • *Women are considered more attractive than men on average, except for Black women
  • *Blacks are considered less attractive on average, than the other races( White, Asian and Native  American)
  • *However, within sex there is little variation among the perceived attractiveness of males.
  • *When health was included, Black women were considered far less attractive than women of other races.
  • *Black women are heavier than other women (higher BMI on average) which may contribute to their lack of attractiveness
  • *Blacks find consider themselves more attractive (subjectively) than they are considered objectively
  • *Intelligence makes Black men more attractive, no effect on the perception of Black Women
Kanazawa ends with this:
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.
For Real??? With all the breasts and booty on Black women...on average of course... We have more testosterone? Bull. It's two things plain and simple: we find attractive what we are told is attractive and to a lesser degree, people who look like ourselves. White, Asian and Native Americans have more in common aesthetically than Blacks, small wonder that they would find Blacks less attractive. But I guarantee you that they find Naomi Campbell, Iman and Halle Berry. This is part and parcel because they labeled as attractive Black women. Similarly, star athletes are more often than not, Black men. And this is the epitome of masculinity, therefore it is understandable that though Black men differ greatly from other races they will still be considered attractive. Uma Thurman is supposed to be beautiful: A tall blonde, blue-eyed movie star. She graces magazines covers but quite honestly, I find her to be quite funny looking. Nothing close to attractive.

I am concerned about the attempt at some scientific explanation of why some races are superior to others, whether it be in social or economic standing, intelligence or beauty. It's called Eugenics and it is scientific racism, a blight on the field of psychology and science as a whole. I've gotten enough play from other races to know that Black women are found attractive. And yes, they go straight for my butt.
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