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Psychology Today: Why Are Black Women Rated Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?

Psychology Today: Why Are Black Women Rated Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?

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Published by Matthew Keys
May 16, 2011: The journal Psychology Today pulled a controversial article asking why black women were less attractive than women of other races.
May 16, 2011: The journal Psychology Today pulled a controversial article asking why black women were less attractive than women of other races.

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The Scientific Fundamentalist
A Look at the Hard Truths About Human Nature
by Satoshi Kanazawa
Recall thatwomen on average are more physically attractive than men.So women of all races are on average more physically attractive than the"average" Add Health respondent,
except for black women.
As thefollowing graph shows, black women are statistically no different from the"average" Add Health respondent, and far less attractive than white, Asian,and Native American women.In contrast, races do not differ in physical attractiveness among men, asthe following graph shows. Men of all races are more or less equally lessphysically attractive than the "average" Add Health respondent.Thissexdifference in the race differences in physical attractiveness –where physical attractiveness varies significantly by race among women,but not among men – is replicated at each Add Health wave (except thatthe race differences among men are statistically significant, albeitsubstantively very small, in Wave III). In each wave, black women aresignificantly less physically attractive than women of other races.It is very interesting to note that, even though black women are objectivelyless physically attractive than other women, black women (and men)
subjectively 
consider themselves to be far more physically attractive thanothers. In Wave III, Add Health asks its respondents to rate their ownphysical attractiveness subjectively on the following four-point scale: 1 =not at all, 2 = slightly, 3 = moderately, 4 = very. As you can see in thefollowing graphs, both black women and black men rate themselves to befar more physically attractive than individuals of other races.What accounts for the markedly lower average level of physical
Why Are Black Women Rated Less Physically Attractive ThanOther Women, But Black Men Are Rated Better Looking ThanOther Men?
Why black women, but not black men?
Published on May 15, 2011 by Satoshi Kanazawa in The Scientific Fundamentalist
There are marked race differences in physical attractivenessamong women, but not among men. Why?Add Health measures the physical attractiveness of itsrespondents both objectively and subjectively. At the end of each interview, the interviewer rates the physical attractivenessof the respondent objectively on the following five-point scale: 1= very unattractive, 2 = unattractive, 3 = about average, 4 =attractive, 5 = very attractive. The physical attractiveness of each Add Health respondent is measured three times by threedifferent interviewers over seven years.From these three scores, I can compute the latent "physicalattractiveness factor" by a statistical procedure called factor analysis. Factor analysis has the added advantage of eliminating all random measurement errors that are inherent inany scientific measurement. The latent physical attractivenessfactor has a mean of 0 and a standard deviation of 1.
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