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Tell Psychology Today: Apologize for "Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive?” article.

This article, "Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?" appeared on the Psychology Today Magazine's website a couple of months ago. As it is a professional magazine and this article goes against the guidelines of professional writing in the sciences; why would this article be allowed on this website?

A week ago, the magazine Psychology Today published an article titled "Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” on its website. Within hours, following widespread outrage and criticism, the post disappeared.

Colleagues and peers of Satoshi Kanazawa, the article's author, have since analyzed his same data and unanimously (and unsurprisingly) found his conclusions in error.

Yet Psychology Today has remained silent. They have refused to apologize or even explain why they published the article.

Articles like Kanazawa's are more than offensive or spurious—they're deeply harmful because they promote racist and s*xist stereotypes as science.

That’s why documentary filmmaker Aishah Simmons and academic Alisa Bierria are leading a petition on Change.org to call on Psychology Today to apologize and take transparent steps to prevent the publication of racist and s*xist material in the future. Click here to sign Aishah and Alisa's petition.

Kanazawa's article never would have survived a thorough and responsible editorial process. In fact, the author himself doesn't stand up to review.

Kanazawa has a history of pushing discredited research and is particularly notorious for making meritless claims about race and gender. (He is also known as the mind behind the much-mocked book Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters.)

In an attempt to defend previous publications, Kanazawa wrote, “If what I say is wrong (because it is illogical or lacks credible scientific evidence), then it is my problem. If what I say offends you, it is your problem.”

Well, as Khadijah Britton of Scientific American put it, “Satoshi Kanazawa has a problem.” So does Psychology Today.

Prominent women’s rights advocates, including Gloria Steinem and Beverly Guy Sheftall, former President of the National Women's Studies Association, have already declared their support for the campaign.

Please click here to add your name to theirs:


Thanks for taking action,

Shelby and the Change.org team

Posted By: Viola Dunn-Thigpen
Tuesday, August 9th 2011 at 8:23PM
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Hello Viola Dunn-Thigpen,

Black Americans have more pressing concerns than to be bogged down in such silliness as Black American women are less physically attractive than other women.

Black America's most pressing need is to become a sovereign people on a portion of this continent that we could go for ourselves, am I right Ms. Viola?

What say you?

Wednesday, August 10th 2011 at 7:10AM
Harry Watley

Actually, they did apologize for it--and they damn well should have!!! Sometimes the mea culpas get less play than the original sin.

It got past their editors. But, to their credit, they pulled it--and all other articles from the entire Psychology Today site. He won't be publishing with them any time soon.

Bottom Line--It is TOTAL B.S. I can personally vouch for that fact. And it is only common sense.

Here is the text of the statement from the Editor in Chief:

An Apology from Psychology Today Statement from the Editor:

Published on May 27, 2011

Last week, a blog post about race and appearance by Satoshi Kanazawa was published—and promptly removed—from this site. We deeply apologize for the pain and offense that this post caused. Psychology Today’s mission is to inform the public, not to provide a platform for inflammatory and offensive material. Psychology Today does not tolerate racism or prejudice of any sort. The post was not approved by Psychology Today, but we take full responsibility for its publication on our site. We have taken measures to ensure that such an incident does not occur again. Again, we are deeply sorry for the hurt that this post caused.

~Kaja Perina, Editor in Chief

Wednesday, August 10th 2011 at 8:42AM
Richard Kigel

Psychology Today

I do miss the commentary of the Brilliant ladies of BIA, days of Obama Magic---2007-2016

.......No beautiful...and Intelligentsia ...The African American Woman is the FUTURE of America

I do also miss Dr. Kigel getting stuff done for BIA, and his concerns, his PULL..and commentary

......Hope you OK..... in NYC

Monday, April 13th 2020 at 2:47PM
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