Kanazawa fired after black women are unattractive blog goes bust

Satoshi Kanazawa can get back to his other day jobs because Psychology Today has fired him and his blog ‘The Scientific Fundamentalist: a hard look at truths about human nature.’

One would think that a Japanese evolutionary scientist with a strong media following would know better than to offend black women. Lately, coming down hard on black women hasn't worked out so well for media guys.

October 2010, AOL writer Jawn Murray tweeted that he was tired of protests from nappy headed, angry black women over Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” movie. Despite emails and protests, Murray responded with "so what and get a perm" on his Twitter page. AOL issued a statement, Murray apologized and he held onto his writing job at AOL's Black Voices for a few more months.

Murray signed off in April and blogged about the end of the road, or the end of his job at AOL's Black voices. So long good riddance, bud. Even though he's not blogging on AOL anymore, Murray's legacy for promoting European standards of beauty in African American women, and upon himself, remains. Imus, a popular but old stringy-haired white guy lost his MSNBC AM talk show to the news program " Morning Joe" after he called the Rutgers women basketball team a group of nappy headed hoes. Imus's legacy is pretty much the same. He's that guy who got fired for insulting black women.

And now Satoshi Kanazawa's lost his blog and his profile page has been deleted from Psychology Today's website. His article and unqualified research on unattractive black women sent off a fury of protests online. 75,000 people blew up Psychology Today via email, Twitter and Facebook. Some even rang Psychology Today's telephones off the hook.

When all was said and done, Psychology Today sent an email to ColorofChange.org and informed the largest online African American political organization that Kanazawa's work won't appear on their site any longer. Psychology Today even said they've instituted new rules to prevent inflammatory content in the future.

People who hadn't heard of Kanazawa were sharing the text in question, their hurt, their ire and disbelief that Psychology Today endorsed the piece. They demanded Kanazawa be fired. Students at Kanazawa's other day job, London School of Economics, have also called for Kanazawa's resignation.

It's not just American Black women who were put off by the piece, every segment of the globe's population was annoyed: white men, black men, white women, black women, academics, Asians, Indians, writers, babysitters, the mail man and mail lady. People who surf the web and browse Facebook for random stuff did not like it and this time could not dismiss it.

Kanazawa has been offensive before. He's blogged that criminals look different from non criminals (OJ Simpson, according to Kanazawa looks like a criminal.”) He had an epiphany when he blogged that all women are essentially prostitutes. In the past, offended readers emailed Kanazawa rather than his editors.

Kanazawa’s blogs, for as long as Psychology Today has published them (a little over five years now) have always been controversial, racist, sexist, and unfounded. Most of his blogs are hypotheses on human nature (or why men and women do the the things that they do). Readers are drawn into Kanazawa's ideologies because his notions offer one explanation for human behavior in our contemporary culture and its current setting.

As it stands, contemporary culture is obsessed with beauty and cosmetic surgery has proven itself recession proof. Celebrity lifestyles generally support many of Kanazawa's theses and much of Kanazawa's audience are celebrity and people watchers.

Kanazawa wrote about beauty, women, motherhood, men, and dating. All of which were big hits with contemporary online readers.

Comments

Submitted by Fred (not verified) on
So what is the point of your article? You believe in censorship of views that go against fashionable ideologies? Or anybody who is disapproved of by 'black women' should be banned for life? Oh I get it, you believe in free speech 'but'...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Free speech...my behind. Why did he deliberately leave out the portion of the study that showed that there was no difference in attractiveness across racial groups. He did that because he felt a certain way and he wanted to shove it up black women's behinds. Sorry...Don't feel sorry for him LOL.

Submitted by Vichy (not verified) on
Humanists, Progressives, etc. worship at the alter of equality and political correctness. As black women are an OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED PROTECTED CLASS saying anything that might offend them (no matter how true) is blasphemy. These people pretend to be interested in 'science', but really they're just Village Atheists who don't understand physics better than Fundie twits understand the Bible.

Submitted by Speakforyourself (not verified) on
Seriously, You need to speak for your self Vichy should someone say all non blacks are rapist and their women hoes in a research and I bet you too would be quick to defend them. Now if you were a black women you would know that were tire of bs generalization and if some find us unattractive including black men than oh well but don't say the whole world because we can show you many of men in all racist who pay us compliments every day and that the truth. No one race is better nor perfect so get it straight

Submitted by Hypocrite (not verified) on
Fred, don't be such a hypocrite! If Nagasaki or whatever his name is wrote a "scientific" article on caucasian men being unsatisfying in bed due to small "equipment" there would be hundreds of posts from people similar to you complaining about being the most discriminated group of all time. All groups of people have a right to dignity and respect which is more important than Sushi's right to insult a group of people he doesn't know.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Maybe ignoring these sentiments is doing more damage than actually talking about them. I happen to agree, and I would think that black women might want to have this examined, as their social status, average pay, and overall happiness is directly related to how they are perceived in the society they live in. It's no big deal that all the black girls on beauty magazine have airbrushed cream colored skin and strait hair, but if someone actually points it out, its suddenly too offensive to talk about.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You are free to agree if you wish. If I were to look at you I would most definitely say that you are also unattractive. I can tell by your hatefulness that you are no 'Brad Pitt..' Why do black women have the lowest suicide rates? Why do black women have one of the highest levels of spirituality? You need to look at markers which truly matter and as the bible describes Satan as beautiful, the beauty list is not one that I, as a black women, wish to top!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
very well put!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
very well put!

Submitted by Speakforyourself (not verified) on
Yep its true you are unattractive so instead of posting on here look in the mirror and try not to break it. Now if you believe my statement than your one rich dumbazz

Submitted by chills (not verified) on
i am beautiful black woman. i was furious when i saw this but after i looked at the person who wrote the article i just cracked with laughter, it just took all the anger out of me. if black women really where unattractive would some you spend hours in the sun trying to look darker? would you get breast implants? would you get lip injections? if other races were perfect then they would be no need for the majority of them to go through the trouble of enhances what was given to them naturally?

Submitted by chills (not verified) on
i am beautiful black woman. i was furious when i saw this but after i looked at the person who wrote the article i just cracked with laughter, it just took all the anger out of me. if black women really where unattractive would some you spend hours in the sun trying to look darker? would you get breast implants? would you get lip injections? if other races were perfect then they would be no need for the majority of them to go through the trouble of enhances what was given to them naturally?

Submitted by LaRita (not verified) on
Can you imagine being born healthy and breathing and told that because you are brown skinned with kinky hair you deserve to be treated worse? I didn't ask to be born. I have been told all my life that my skin color is all "wrong." Just because I breathe. I'm all wrong? My hair is all wrong. I have 2 eyes, a nose a mouth, ears, 2 legs, a good mind, compassion, love, heart, but I'm just the wrong color... my grandmother was not allowed to sit on a bus in the front because she had brown skin. Her grandmother was whipped and beaten because she had brown skin.

Submitted by tj (not verified) on
No Fred, I don't believe in "free speech, but...," I believe in "free speech and..." This man was not censored. Psychology Today, as a reputable resource, simply withdrew his privileges (not rights) to publish unfounded and inflammatory "research." This man is free to use whatever other forums he chooses to get his message across. So yes, Speech is Free legally but one must also recognize that the real life Consequences of it can be quite Costly. He may wish to continue to ruin his own professional reputation, but I applaud Psychology Today for not allowing him to ruin their scientific credibility.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
If this was about freedom of speech, rather than diplomacy and courteous regard, there'd be no issue. Be that as it may, there is no surprise that you wouldn't recognize that, dear.

Submitted by Ashley Swagz (not verified) on
The problem with Kanazawa isn't about free speech, it's about publishing "scientific-based information" and presenting it as qualitative, academic evidence. Free speech doesn't cover libel or slander. And I'm sure Psychology Today is not interested in their bloggers being pundits.

Submitted by Yeah man (not verified) on
Well since he was talking about other races and what he felt were their imperfections, it would be pretty funny if someone wrote an article about asian men and small penis size in relation to ethnicity:) lol

Submitted by Gotya (not verified) on
Well I dont think he was fired because of his disrespectful and misleading so call poll. I think they were waiting for his crazy azz to slip up and he failed big time. Good riddance to a man who claims to use science as his source for spewing BS.

Submitted by tj (not verified) on
If this is true then why are non-black women (as they have for centuries) literally killing themselves to look like us. Tanning, Lip Injections (before that it was thick lip liner and glossy lipstick), Butt Injections (before that it was pads and bustles), Breast Impants, perms, etc. Yes, there are some people in mainstream America who expressly deject "black beauty" while at the same time making "slight improvements" that are the cornerstone of African aesthetics. And, there are some black women who play into this and have longed for thinner noses, smaller waists, lighter skin, and straighter hair. However, those of us within the black community and in the billion dollar black beauty products market have noticed that more black women are increasingly not just accepting of but totally embracing the natural features that make them black (ie, improved quality and selection of make-up and skin care products, as well as natural haircare products). And, on a personal note, I for one love my milk chocolate skin, my size 8 hips and thighs, my 36D boobs, and my thick black curly locks...and I haven't had a single guy (black, white, or other ever say otherwise). And word to the wise, happiness has nothing to do with how society perceives you, it's about how you perceive yourself. Otherwise, you wouldn't have these "beloved size zero stick figures" slitting their wrists and ODing all the time...but thanks for your theories, I'm sure someone will find them beneficial.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Ya its just too bad your black boyfriends love those "beloved size zero platinum blondes".

Submitted by Gotya (not verified) on
Ha Ha speak for yourself because that some and not all and stick to the subject folks were suppose to be discussing the fact that this moron unfortunately labeled as a professional and a teacher at that and I can truly say his students proved their more intelligent then him by telling his azz to take the high road and get lost.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You can believe that the size zero stick figure is only good for thing and one thing only. That's why the black man is with her for what she does to him (think lollipop) not what he does to her.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I am white and I have naturally full lips, it does not make me look black. And white women who do lip injections have no goal to look like black women, they want to look like white women with fuller lips - that's all. About the main subject - this guy's "scientific" researches are just a joke. I am not one of those people who say EVERYBODY is equally beautiful. Because... well that's not true. But there are beautiful people in every race in every part of the world. As well as there are unattractive people...

Submitted by Gotya (not verified) on
Shoot let my job give me the amount of money this moron used to make up a BS poll and I'll show you the truth no one has a stocks or bond on beauty. Its is a natural thing it is how one carry theirselves, it is how a individual view another individual, no matter how many times the world labels a woman/man beautiful or handsome it comes down to a individual decision. I as black woman will not let this moron or some people in society define my inner/outter beauty this is why this world is so fudged up, women selling themselves to the higher bidder( watch realtiy tv) and they young women and men are truly lost.

Submitted by Gotya (not verified) on
Ok I was trying to correct my typos and got label as spam okkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The point, as I see it is whether or not we should have a real discussion about this topic. I personally believe that, from the arguments, we should/need to address this subject.

Submitted by camille (not verified) on
This whole situation is ridiculos he was stupid to even do that I've seen his picture and I can say he aint even attractive at all he should keep that to himself, Secondly I believe in all races there are beautiful people and there are not beautiful people, but at the end of the day we all are human beings. This needs to stop, people need to stop evaluating everyone and just live there life, and that's real talk, that why this world is the way it is people need to start living there lives and stop evaluating

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Mr. Kanazawa should be permitted one blog post about the editors of PT being in denial.

Submitted by Booker T Washington (not verified) on
Why do you think black men like white women so much?

Submitted by Camille (not verified) on
honestly I really dont care why black men date white women and Im a black women saying this, To me if you are attracted to white women then thats fine to me but if your only dating white women because you feel they are submissive then thats crazy cause I know some white women who will go off on any man in a second if he steps out of line, I know me personally I am attracted to white men but I wouldnt stop dating other races because my attraction is to white men. Again at the end of the day we are all people and that should be it

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
why are you two arguing about this. every race of man likes every race of women. black guys like whites and asians and africans and ect... and white guys like blacks and asians and other whites and ect... does it matter??? dont argue with people when it comes to dating please.. at the end of the say we are all the same. ive dated black guys, asians, whites, im marrying a mexican-- big deal, shoulnt be an issue. dont argue with people on this subject. and as for the guy above... black women, by many are considered attractive. our skin ranges in beautiful shades of brown, from deep tans to the darkest browns. and out features are all unique. we have slanted eyes and we have wide eyes. full lips and thin. we have small bust and big bust, we have nappy hair, kinky hair, curly hair, and if we add alittle heat-- straight lol. there is just no way you can go wrong with a beautiful black woman. and yes there are ugly and pretty woman in every race. him making a genralization off of a few women is like us saying that ALL asians are rediculously skinny when in actually, its only those who follow the japanese diet-- many of them curve out nicely. or us saying all asian men are short and why most asian men have small penises or something like that. now not all do, but thats just an example of how people make generalizations based off of a select few. someone could make a blog saying "why asians have the least attractive bodies" but no one has done that yet. people constantly want to single out africans.... but its whats to expect now days... i mean. we've taken so much dirt, even our own men are cruel towards us. this is what makes us strong. because when the whole world agianst you, you have to have enough stregnth to stand your ground agianst millions. ima deep caramel shade brown, full lips, oval eyes, curly hair black girl. 5"3 and pettie. i wiegh 110 and have a A-cup , slim stomach and wider hips with a perky little tushy... very girly in appearance, and i dought theres anyone who's seen me and havent said or thought i was cute, so this guy can kick rocks(the same way he kicked his job)

Submitted by Speakforyoursel... (not verified) on
I don't know ask the small amount of black men who date them or are you just assuming like the ass that you are lmaooooooooooooooo

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
How about fuck him and his sorry ass blog!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
It's funny, because white men and Asian men hook up with my 'ugly' black ass all of the time. And quite frankly, the black men that are dating white women are doing the rest of us a massive favor - because they're probably the ones that we don't want. A FEW black men (whereas black men are STILL dating and marrying black women en masse) dating white women has nothing to do with the inadequacy of black women. Furthermore, black men act more insane when they see me with my Asian boyfriend than any black woman that I personally know would act if they saw him with a white woman. Don't delude yourselves.

Submitted by Speakforyoursel... (not verified) on
Just put it this way men dont care what a woman looks like now a days as long as they can stick it. And you all seen arnolds mistress and believe it or not no matter if your a beautiful/unattractive woman to some a man will not give a fuck he will cheat or stay if he has a heart. And ugly is just as superficial as it is visibly there are some women who claim to be the shit but their inner spirits and attitude are just as ugly as shit and I mean in all races

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I've read just about every comment on this page and I am appalled by most of them. Being stuck on stupid is truly the order of the day. To compare beauty across ethnicities is silly. What one group views as beautiful is not always going to be the same as what another group views as beautiful. The problem is jealousy and envy. If a man from group "A" thinks a woman from group "B" is pretty then for whatever reason the women in group "A" suddenly feel inadequate and threatened and the women in group "B" suddenly feel superior. It's all ridiculous!! We need to spend more time working on our insides and less time worrying about what's on the outside. The bottom line is God loves variety. It's obvious in how different we all look. He knew what He was doing when we were all created. One is NOT better than the other. It's just different!!

Submitted by MichealB.C (not verified) on
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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
We're all missing the point. No one is trying to be like the other race and no one should be upset about their race dating a different race. We all have flesh & we have skin and there's tons of colors in the rainbow .The fact that he said African American isn't what should be the upsetting part either, the fact that he even singled out a race and claimed to have some kind of proof that they were the most unattractive was disrespectful. If it was white, black, blue or green it doesn't matter it was disrespectful and ignorant and yes I am an African American woman. I've dated a Black man I've dated a Spanish man and I've dated an Italian before. But what really matters is the heart whats inside that person. If the first thing you look into when dating is a race you got it all wrong and as far as I'm concerned your probably going to me single all your life. There's noting wrong with you believing its true or agreeing with this man i don't think anyone would expect everyone to agree with everything they say but just think of how you say things before you open your mouth and be prepared for not EVERYONE agreeing or disagreeing to what you say like mentioned before there's consequences for every action. Do I strongly disagree with this man ? hell yeah do I think he should have been fired ? hell yeah but who am I ?! Soo after reading his soo called scientific proof I took that as a punch in the face but still I am a strong " Unattractive " ( some like this psychologist would say ) African American women.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I'm not really sure what the point of this study was for. I mean I guess it wants to hurt black women, which I am sure it has, even if they don't admit it. Oh well, so bw aren't the prettiest. Life goes on...doesn't it?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Had it been a ncsuesone time thing with this guy..it would've been ok. The fact that he's done it so many times to blacks, woman in general, and others..is the problem. He blew his own credibilty and helped destroy his career

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