In an article published this morning on PsychologyToday.com, evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa proposes that there are marked race differences in physical attractiveness among women, but not among men. Analyzing data from the Add Health school-based longitudinal study, he posits that black women are statistically far less attractive than white, Asian, and Native American women. (Sounds like he’s taking a page from the book of Weezy.)
Though Kanazawa is well known for penning articles that tend to incite, it was hard to resist investigating exactly how he came to such a conclusion – which he rationalizes as follows:
“The only thing I can think of that 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 men and women differently. Men with higher levels of testosterone have more masculine features and are therefore more physically attractive. In contrast, women with higher levels of testosterone also 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, while (net of intelligence) black men are more physically attractive than men of other races.”
Psychology Today has removed the article from their site but you can still find it on Scribd.
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