It pains me to even write this, but yesterday Psychology Today published an article by Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist, about the physical attractiveness of women. In his article, Kanazawa “found” that “Black women are rated less physically attractive than all other women.”

I call b.s.

This article began screaming across my Twitter timeline a few hours ago, and Black women are rightly pissed off.

I planned on ignoring it (why give shine to obvious crap?), but some Clutchettes were (rightly) upset by it and emailed us to talk about it.

In the last few years the media and various “studies” have been on a campaign to convince Black women that we are invisible, least likely to get married, grossly overweight, killing off our babies, responsible for the hole in the ozone layer (I kid), and now…the ugliest women on earth?

I’m over it.

Articles like this Psychology Today piece (which I refuse to link to because they will not get traffic from me!) do little but infuriate Black women and give some Black-women-hating folks junk science to hang their hat on.

While we can sit around and be pissed off about this article (and others like it) all day, I say we use this opportunity to spring into action. Let’s show Psychology Today and other outlets that we are not taking their pot shots lightly.

Many have already taken to tweeting their frustration, flooding the @psychtoday timeline with their disapproval, while others have decided to write the site directly. Whatever you do, Clutchettes, we cannot continue to sit around and let these types of attacks go quietly into the night.

We need to begin holding these writers, “scientists,” and so-called intellectuals accountable for their constant attacks and misrepresentation of Black women, because if we don’t stand up and call them out on their B.S. no one will.

Want to express your disapproval? Email or tweet Psychology Today and let them know exactly how you feel.


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  • Tina

    While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I do think black women should work more effectively to improve their looks because they are often missing major points. They need to study beauty and try to apply what they learn as best they can. They really don’t maximize what they have. Also sometimes cosmetic surgery or professional advice helps a great deal too. Either way, it’s a wake up call that I think we all should take seriously. Stop living in denial ladies.

    • Srenda

      Study beauty? Tina, are you serious? Tina are you black? This wake-up call you speak of is that there continues to be an attack on the self-worth of black women. Some of us allow it to crush our spirits. Some of us brush that dirt off our shoulders and move on.

      As for black women:
      The only beauty we should study is the reality of our own.

    • Timcampi

      Wow Tina. It appears that you are speaking straight from your ass, and by the looks of the sh*t spewing straight out of your mouth, may need more than just medical attention. Meaning my foot and your ass might need to make a faithful connection.

      Beauty is subjective. Your argument? Offensive. Keep your platitudes to yourself.

      I have no clue why most of that rhymed.

  • Frank

    Is there not some truth to what the study found? Sure, some women are fat, are addicted to drugs, are irresponsible sexually, and so on and a lot are not.

    The point is, you accept the truth and use it to improve your own life. Being angry does nothing, but being inspired to change your way of life…that’s the beginning of something.

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