Satoshi Kanazawa doesn't find black women attractive. He thinks they're too fat and have too much testosterone. In fact, he's so convinced of this, he decided to do some scientific research to support this claim, because, after all, one can scientifically prove that black women are ugly.
Kanazawa isn't just a regular guy entitled to his opinion, he's an evolutionary psychologist at London School of Economics and, unlike other racists, he's got membership to the inner circle. Kanazawa recently published an article on Psychology Today's blog explaining his theory of why black women are less attractive than women of other races. He cites a large amount of testosterone in African women and that black women are much heavier than non black women.
Kanazawa is entitled to have his opinions. There were plenty of commenters who agreed with him. . . another story. But to try and use figures (comparing mass body indexes, levels of testosterone) to support his personal idea of beauty, as an example of academic research, is something else entirely. It's an embarrassment to Psychology Today and to London School of Economics for even entertaining Kanazawa's theories as serious.
Black women being perceived as "unattractive" is nothing new. It took decades before magazines began showing beautiful black women on their covers or began using cute black little girls in advertisements. While it is now common to see images of black women, commercial beauty is still predominately the face of a white woman. (Not to mention that black models are often photo shopped to look lighter and their hair is usually straightened)
But who cares about Vogue? Who cares if the Pampers Baby is almost always white?
I do care, however, about what academics say. They have a tremendous amount of power and influence. Even if they are criticized (as Kanazawa has been) their theories resonate much longer than the image of a pretty black woman on the cover of Elle.