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BY JIM FLINK

 

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Have you heard the latest science?

 

Black women -- are uglier than other women. So says Japanese psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa. His latest “research findings” were published in the Journal of American Psychology.  Go to the site now -- this is what you’ll see -- poof -- it’s gone.

 

First to the science -- if you can call it that. The discussion board -- Something Awful -- has Kanazawa’s graphs, charts and conclusions.

 

“Black women are on average much heavier than non-black women. The mean body-mass index ...is 28.5 among black women and 26.1 among non-black women... Black women are still less physically attractive than non-black women net of BMI and intelligence.”

 

The Telegraph’s science correspondent notes -- Kanazawa used what he called -- an objective scoring system -- on attractiveness.  In it, black women fared worse than other women.  Black men -- fared better than other men.

 

The blog Femeniste says this is what passes for science?

 

“As far as I can tell, study participants were asked to rate photos of individuals on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the most attractive). From there, Kanazawa concludes that (1) women are objectively more attractive than men, and (2) black women are objectively the least attractive women.”

 

Jezebel’s Anna North calls Kanazawa’s premise “crap psychology” and says the London School of Economics, which employs him, needs to let him go.

 

“....Kanazawa's comments are an embarrassment... Even if his views are his own, as long as they continue to employ him, they're implicitly vouching for his merit as a scholar. ...it's time for them to let him go."

 

But on the BBC, defenders of free speech came to Kanazawa’s support saying crazy as his science might be, he has a right to try to explain it.

 

“The LSE has always been a forum where people have been encouraged to think the unthinkable.  Althought they weren’t prepared to say so on camera, they argue, academic freedom must be defended however offensive the views the university culture generates.”

 

Finally -- a blogger on Science 2.0 -- himself African-American -- says -- don’t be so hard on the guy.

 

“He actually didn’t say anything new, or for that matter scientifically incorrect. However politically incorrect and insensitively stated it was. The man is guilty of being so (steeped) in his scientific ivory tower that he forgot how what he says may affect real people in the world.”

 

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May 21, 2011

Psychologist: Black Women Uglier Than Other Women

(Image Source: The Telegraph)

BY JIM FLINK

 

You're watching multisource world video news analysis from Newsy.

 

Have you heard the latest science?

 

Black women -- are uglier than other women. So says Japanese psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa. His latest “research findings” were published in the Journal of American Psychology.  Go to the site now -- this is what you’ll see -- poof -- it’s gone.

 

First to the science -- if you can call it that. The discussion board -- Something Awful -- has Kanazawa’s graphs, charts and conclusions.

 

“Black women are on average much heavier than non-black women. The mean body-mass index ...is 28.5 among black women and 26.1 among non-black women... Black women are still less physically attractive than non-black women net of BMI and intelligence.”

 

The Telegraph’s science correspondent notes -- Kanazawa used what he called -- an objective scoring system -- on attractiveness.  In it, black women fared worse than other women.  Black men -- fared better than other men.

 

The blog Femeniste says this is what passes for science?

 

“As far as I can tell, study participants were asked to rate photos of individuals on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the most attractive). From there, Kanazawa concludes that (1) women are objectively more attractive than men, and (2) black women are objectively the least attractive women.”

 

Jezebel’s Anna North calls Kanazawa’s premise “crap psychology” and says the London School of Economics, which employs him, needs to let him go.

 

“....Kanazawa's comments are an embarrassment... Even if his views are his own, as long as they continue to employ him, they're implicitly vouching for his merit as a scholar. ...it's time for them to let him go."

 

But on the BBC, defenders of free speech came to Kanazawa’s support saying crazy as his science might be, he has a right to try to explain it.

 

“The LSE has always been a forum where people have been encouraged to think the unthinkable.  Althought they weren’t prepared to say so on camera, they argue, academic freedom must be defended however offensive the views the university culture generates.”

 

Finally -- a blogger on Science 2.0 -- himself African-American -- says -- don’t be so hard on the guy.

 

“He actually didn’t say anything new, or for that matter scientifically incorrect. However politically incorrect and insensitively stated it was. The man is guilty of being so (steeped) in his scientific ivory tower that he forgot how what he says may affect real people in the world.”

 

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