Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?

16 May

This article is written by an esteemed academic and claims to explain why black women are less attractive than others. So many issues with this article from Psychology Today.

The text of the reposting is below (without the diagrams/figures) and came from: http://conversations.blackvoices.com/entertainment/99435682aaea4564b24369ed6fc90973/sistas-they-still-sw/5241bb8866a545a7aafefe26b6268e01?&pg=1

Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?
By Satoshi Kanazawa
Created May 15 2011 – 5:00pm—–time of blog creation

There are marked race differences in physical attractiveness among women, but not among men. Why? Add
Health measures the physical attractiveness of its respondents both
objectively and subjectively. At the end of each interview, the
interviewer rates the physical attractiveness of 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 three different interviewers over seven
years.
From these three scores, I can compute the latent
“physical attractiveness factor” by a statistical procedure called
factor analysis. Factor analysis has the added advantage of eliminating
all random measurement errors that are inherent in any scientific
measurement. The latent physical attractiveness factor has a mean of 0
and a standard deviation of 1.
Recall that women 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 the following 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, as
the following graph shows. Men of all races are more or less equally
less physically attractive than the “average” Add Health respondent.

This sex
difference 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 that the
race differences among men are statistically significant, albeit
substantively very small, in Wave III). In each wave, black women are
significantly less physically attractive than women of other races.

It
is very interesting to note that, even though black women are
objectively less physically attractive than other women, black women
(and men) subjectively consider themselves to be far more
physically attractive than others. In Wave III, Add Health asks its
respondents to rate their own physical attractiveness subjectively on
the following four-point scale: 1 = not at all, 2 = slightly, 3 =
moderately, 4 = very. As you can see in the following graphs, both
black women and black men rate themselves to be far more physically
attractive than individuals of other races.

What
accounts for the markedly lower average level of physical
attractiveness among black women? Black women are on average much
heavier than nonblack women. The mean body-mass index (BMI) at Wave III
is 28.5 among black women and 26.1 among nonblack women. (Black and
nonblack men do not differ in BMI: 27.0 vs. 26.9.) However, this is not
the reason black women are less physically attractive than nonblack
women. Black women have lower average level of physical attractiveness net of BMI . Nor can the race difference in intelligence (and the positive association between intelligence and physical attractiveness )
account for the race difference in physical attractiveness among
women. Black women are still less physically attractive than nonblack
women net of BMI and intelligence. Net of intelligence, black men are
significantly more physically attractive than nonblack men.
There
are many biological and genetic differences between the races.
However, such race differences usually exist in equal measure for both
men and women. For example, because they have existed much longer in
human evolutionary history, Africans have more mutations in their
genomes than other races. And the mutation loads significantly decrease
physical attractiveness (because physical attractiveness is a measure of genetic and developmental health ).
But since both black women and black men have higher mutation loads, it
cannot explain why only black women are less physically attractive,
while black men are, if anything, more attractive.
The only thing
I can think of that might potentially explain the lower average level
of physical attractiveness among black women is testosterone .
Africans on average have higher levels of testosterone than other
races, and testosterone, being an androgen (male hormone), affects the
physical attractiveness of men and women differently. Men with higher
levels of testosterone have more masculine features and are therefore
more physically attractive. In contrast, women with higher levels of
testosterone also have more masculine features and are therefore less
physically attractive. The race differences in the level of
testosterone can therefore potentially explain why black women are less
physically attractive than women of other races, while (net of
intelligence) black men are more physically attractive than men of other
races.

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