San Francisco, CA – In a highly controversial yet scientifically rigorous finding, evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics Satoshi Kanazawa sparked a firestorm with his research revealing that black women are physically less attractive than women of other races. Kanazawa, who published his findings in Psychology Today, entitled “A Look at the Hard Truths About Human Nature,” represents a growing body of scientists who have come out to publish racially sensitive but scientifically rigorous research showing the clear differences between the races. Some have attributed this boldness to tell the truth when it comes to the genetic and physical differences between the races as part of the new “Trump era,” where the need for political correctness has taken a backseat in the pursuit of truth. According to a colleague of Kanazawa, who asked for anonymity, citing not being ready to support such a controversial development in the scientific world,
“Many of my colleagues in research laboratories have told me how they have years of research clearly demonstrating the genetic differences in mental advancement of different races, particularly the superiority in intelligence in Asians and whites compared with blacks. But they have had to bury this research for decades because it’s not politically correct.”
“Perhaps that time has passed.”
Kanazawa’s research was quickly removed from Psychology Today, which apologized for his work. But there’s no denying the scientific rigor which Kanazawa’s research was put through. In his work to understand what people find physically attractive, Kanazawa noted that black women are on average much heavier than non-black women. The mean body-mass index (BMI) is 28.5 among black women and 26.1 among non-black women. Any BMI reading above 25 is considered overweight and for black women, the BMI of 28.5 comes very close to the level of obese at 29.
But Kanazawa argues that being overweight is not the reason black women are less physically attractive than non-black women. Black women have lower average levels of physical attractiveness even if you ignore BMI. He also found that even if you ignore intelligence, black women are significantly less intelligent than white women but more or less on a par with Native Americans, black women are still less physically attractive than non-black women.
Kanazawa computed his results using the latent “physical attractiveness factor” by a statistical procedure called factor analysis. Factor analysis has the added advantage of eliminating all random measurement errors that are inherent in any scientific measurement. Studying Kanzawa’s findings below, the latent physical attractiveness factor has a mean of 0 and a standard deviation of 1. From the chart below, it is clearly evident that black women start off with a huge latent disadvantage in terms of physical attractiveness.
In contrast, races do not differ in physical attractiveness among men, as the following graph shows. Men of all races are more or less equally less physically attractive than the average.
Kanzawa then goes through a process of ascribing “waves” to eliminate possible biases and inherent statistical errors and concludes that there are many biological and genetic differences between the races. However, such race differences usually exist in equal measure for both men and women. For example, because they have existed much longer in human evolutionary history, Africans have more mutations in their genomes than other races. And the mutation loads significantly decrease physical attractiveness (because physical attractiveness is a measure of genetic and developmental health).
Kanazwa suggests that what 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 women. Women with higher levels of testosterone have more masculine features and are therefore less physically attractive. The race differences in the level of testosterone can therefore potentially explain why black women are less physically attractive than women of other races.
Kanazawa’s findings came under fire almost immediately after being published, with many critics producing images of beautiful black women generally considered to be physically attractive. However, those images fail to reflect that these generally considered physically attractive women are not black per se. Dr. James Argyle, a geneticist from University College London’s Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment theorizes that if a genetic swab were done to research the ancestries of these women, one would find a strong predominance of white genes. According to Argyle,
“It’s a common misconception that the modern black race outside of Africa as we know it is pure. It’s not.”
“Many blacks, especially black women who are considered physically attractive by mainstream audiences will have predominantly white genetic makeup, through intermarriage.”
Argyle points to how a set of fraternal twins from black parents can look completely different. With one twin manifesting distinctly white physical characteristics and the other twin manifesting distinctly black physical characteristics.
Nonetheless, Kanazawa’s research is instructive in delving deeper into the institutional biases which face black women in employment and social mobility. Argyle adds,
“Until we acknowledge and articulate that people generally find black women unattractive, it will be almost impossible for us to root out the institutionalized prejudice and racism against them.”
Which is why Kanazawa’s research would have been invaluable had it not been silenced by the politically correct notion that all races are built equal. To cure prejudice, we must first come to understand why this prejudice exists to begin with.