Every now and then comes along an article so shockingly appalling that the only explanation is that all the editors at the publication have been taken hostage. This one might be the best example yet: on May 15th, Psychology Today posted an article by evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa called “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?”
Yes, you read that right. The article goes on to make some deeply offensive and weakly supported claims such as “It is very interesting to note that, even though black women are objectively less physically attractive than other women, black women (and men) subjectively consider themselves to be far more physically attractive than others… Nor can the race difference in intelligence [...] account for the race difference in physical attractiveness among women.”
Kanazawa attempts to make it seem as though his theories have arisen from “objective data,” but actually the opposite seems to be true: he is providing a shallow interpretation of data to support his offensive theories.
The article is no longer available on Psychology Today‘s website, though you can read it here (via). At first, we learn from Adweek, the magazine tried to soften the piece by tacking on this headline instead: “Why Are African-American Women Rated Less Attractive Than Other Women, but Black Men Are Rated Better Looking Than Other Men?” But it didn’t do the trick, and the article was widely lambasted not only by feminist blogs, but by academics, before being pulled altogether. We will update if the editors are finally released from captivity and issue an apology.