Professor Who Claimed Black Women Are Less Attractive Is Disciplined

Satoshi Kanazawa, the evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics, who earlier this year created a huge controversy by claiming to have scientific evidence that black women were not as physically attractive as women of other races, has issued an apology. In May, Kanazawa published a blog entry entitled, “Why are black women less physically attractive than other women?” In this post he claimed that black women had higher levels of testosterone and therefore had more masculine features which made them unattractive.

An internal investigation conducted by the London School of Economics found that Kanazawa “ignored the basic responsibility of a scientific communicator to qualify claims made in proportion to the certainty of the evidence.” In a statement, Kanazawa stated, “Some of my arguments may have been flawed and not supported by the available evidence.”

The school barred Kanazawa from publishing in non-peer-reviewed publications for one year and will not permit him to teach compulsory courses during the current academic year.

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  1. Ed Diaz says:

    Not much of an apology!

  2. Kathy says:

    That’s funny b/c I always thought that Asian men aren’t as attractive as men of other races. I guess it’s their feminine features.

  3. Claudia says:

    There seems to be no shortage of disgusting people in the world. Why not fire him?

  4. Judi says:

    Clearly this is someone who is seeking attention. At his age, he has to have gone past a mirror or window. So sad. I wonder what sister wouldn’t go out with him.

  5. Charlotte says:

    Don’t we have more important things to research? We are a society too focused on appearance as it is. Is academia becoming as trivial as the rest of society?

    Who funded this research anyway?

  6. Jason says:

    He is entitled to his opinion that black women are not physically attractive. The fact he has evidence to prove it angers you? Too bad. Mo woman with aggressive attitudes and abusive behavior are not attractive. People who are offended by reality need to stop trying to impose their ideas on others and just let them be.

    • Cassidy says:

      He is indeed entitled to his own opinion, but him saying that Black women are less attractive so matter-of-factually as a study isn’t appropriate nor beneficial for him. Your mind is filled with stereotypes that Black women are all aggressive and have attitudes, and the vast majority of Black women aren’t like that, it’s just that the media portrays them to be that way. You’re thinking that all Black women are African-American women from the hood who are ratchet. Him insulting a whole group of women in that way isn’t really an opinion, but if he were to have said he found Black women to be the least attractive in his own opinion, not as “scientific evidence”, then that would be an opinion.

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