On the Satoshi Kanazawa Debacle

I was going to write about the Satoshi Kanazawa debacle a few days ago, but thought it would be fun to watch both left-wing feminist morons and right-wing losers blowing their collective wads on a non-issue. This manufactured controversy stems from a now-removed article in Psychology Today in which Kanazawa stated that black women were less attractive than women of other races because of their masculine features- caused by higher levels of testosterone.

As some of you may know- I have had many enjoyable experiences with escorts who are black (west- and east-african descent) in addition to women from other races (white, mediterranean, asian etc) and mixtures (hispanics etc). Here is my perspective on the non-issue.

The reason that black women are usually considered to be less attractive than women of other races comes down to three factors.

1. African-american women are more likely to be obese than women of any other racial group in North America.

Ever wondered why Caribbean black women are often considered to be far more attractive than African-american women, though they have the same ancestry and racial admixtures? The vast majority of Caribbean black women (especially pre-menopausal) have body types ranging from thin to solidly built/curvy. In contrast a majority of African-American women are obese (by any criteria) and are therefore less attractive.

Note that women of east-african descent are traditionally thin and slender and are often considered to be even more attractive than those of west-african descent.

2. African-american women have “behavioral quirks” which make them less desirable to men.

Once again, women of Caribbean descent have much less attitude or other behavioral dysfunctions when compare to African-american women. The behavioral quirks of African-american women are social rather than racial, and are an unfortunate legacy of the historical circumstances of that community in N. america. Many male African-american comedians (e.g Chris Rock) have built their stand up comedy acts around these behavioral quirks.

3. Plain Old Racism

Non-WASPy women have been traditionally seen as less attractive than WASPy women- for reasons that have nothing to do with reality. Even east-european white women who are often much more attractive, pretty, sexy and beautiful than any WASP could ever be, were seen as second tier until recently.

The good news is that globalization and the relative decline of the USA has made being WASPy far less advantageous than even a couple of decades ago. I anticipate that it will become a liability for those scumbags in our lifetimes.

So there you have it.. It is possible to explain what Kanazawa wrote about without invoking a deterministic view about race and evolution. Indeed, an explanation which considers social and historical factors explains certain peculiarities such as the Caribbean/African-american split far better than one based in biology.


  1. Ted
    May 23, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Part of it is also the high rate of single-motherhood, and higher rates of poverty in black households. People still are judged in groups, and for too many black women, even those that have their act together by keeping in shape, they are often judged against the fat single mom people see riding on the bus.

    This is a treatment that everyone goes through, When there were a number of immigration rallies in 2009, I looked at all the plain Juanitas in the crowd, and thought, “Where are all those hotties they keep showing on Telemundo and Univision?”

  2. Columnist
    May 23, 2011 at 10:14 am

    At many sites you can be banned when you disagree with this Kanazawa guy.

  3. Gorbachev
    May 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I’m sorry.

    I have to go with Kanazawa to some degree.

    East African women are often very beautiful; the slim build/fine features of East Africans correlate with European, Asian and SE Asian women, too.

    West African/Austronesian/Central American women all represent their own unique aesthetics and stick out from the other groups.

    They’re considered unattractive for their own reasons, but the bulk of Asia/Europe/Americas are not West African-ish in aesthetics.

    I think that accounts for it.

    If most of the black population in the US were descended from East Africans, this debate would be very different.


    Lighter-skinned women are more appreciated in every culture in the world, even in West Africa. This appears to have been true for all of recorded history.

    There’s a limit, though: albinos, not so much.

  4. UndercoverAlpha
    May 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I’ve long thought about getting an escort for those downtimes (which have more than o a year or so at times) but have not had the guts (although I did go to two in Amsterdam — one was full service). Are you in the USA? I’m afraid of stings.

    I am thinking out call is best at a motel (you control the environment), and well-reviewed women.

  5. June 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    We are a society comprised of many easily-offended people. For example, consider the recent Psychology Today article in which journalist Satoshi Kanazawa reported on research gathered by Add Health. In it, he listed the resulting statistics and offered a possible answer to the question this study introduces – “Why Are Black Women Rated Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women, But Black Men Are Rated Better Looking Than Other Men?”. Admittedly, the controversy surrounding this article pretty much passed me by. I had heard about the research, but the subject matter didn’t interest me enough to digest it … until a few days ago when I heard it discussed on the talk show, Insight, by the host, a guest and a bunch of outraged callers. The majority of the callers seemed to be black women. But black women are definitely not the only group of people to get offended over something that was meant to be informative. If you think about it for a minute, you’ll come up with plenty of examples of other races, genders, religious groups, etc, getting worked up over news stories that painted them in a negative light.

    The article appeared nearly a month ago, and Kanazawa has since been fired, seemingly because of the backlash surrounding it. However, I respect and admire his willingness to present this controversial information in a logical, research-based, objective way. I am hardly saying that I agree with his conclusions, but if you disagree, attack the research, not him.

    The same goes for relationships. How often have your partners (past and current) civilly and respectfully made statements about you that felt uncomplimentary? And how often have you reacted by going off on them? Consider this: When we change the dynamic of the conversation from logical and objective to emotional, we usually do so because:

    1) It is a topic about which we are overly-sensitive (like religion, politics, or race, as in the case of Kanazawa’s article), or

    2) There is some truth to the information, and we are uncomfortable addressing it.

    So, instead of pondering the merits and weaknesses of the statements, we get offended and start an argument – making the discussion about hurt feelings rather than the real issue. But if we keep the argument on the level at which it was presented, and discuss what was said in a rational and substantive way, we participate in an exchange that gets everyone a lot further than lunging into a fight. And even if we don’t ultimately accept what our partners are saying to be true, the ability to have logical conversations will help them want to be open and honest with us over time.

    In Stephen Covey’s highly-acclaimed book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he urges us to always “seek first to understand.” Before you get offended or react, hear your partner out – and make sure that you understand both the point as well as the spirit in which it was intended. Though the information might feel insulting, consider that fact that your partner’s intention might be to be helpful – to inform you, or to help you grow, be happier, or better navigate life and relationships. This possibility is reason enough to allow for a give-and-take discussion. And even if the intention is mean-spirited, and your mate is speaking out of frustration, anger or hurt, there is still a learning opportunity there. For example, you may become more aware of your mate’s perceptions, biases or misconceptions. If you can avoid the urge to react emotionally, you may effectively dispel the aforementioned, and ultimately grow closer with your partner. When this happens, everyone wins.

    Appreciating your mate’s willingness to talk to you and present potentially sensitive information will make you a more Powerful Person in a Partnership.

    Keep Rising,

    Frank Love


  1. May 29, 2011 at 1:22 am

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