Monday, May 16, 2011

African xx.

It is insanely difficult to be THIS unattractive. 

I N S A N E.

Psychology Today hosts the The Scientific Fundamentalist which takes "a look at the hard truths about human nature." Yesternoon they published a study entitled "Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?" Article has been removed by the online journal; consult link for content

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.
Thank God they didn't call us ugly!

This news prompted me to shoot an email to my closest Black female buds, where in said email I may have moped the following:

"I don't even know how I feel about this. My first thought was "Thank God all of my friends are decent looking!" Because if Precious were my bestie this study might actually make me want to travel to the Ith and hop off a bridge."

I'm not proud of that.

But one can't help reverting to vanity. According to the study Black women bathe in such aesthetic assurance. 

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.

My friend Shannon replied to my momentary and apparently unnatural lapse in confidence with the following: 

"But, hey as long as Black women find themselves extremely attractive that's all that matters. So Gabourey, you go my little attractive flower. You go girl. 

I think these statistics have something to do with the social norm established during slavery that still permeates our [American] society. I was only really shocked about the Native American thing since I'm sure most people don't even really know what they look like [Outside of her because she's Black Jamaican, but from New Mexico where reservations are prevalent. This makes her a specialist.]. I get the White women thing, and Asian women are what's hot in the streets today."

That Southwestern West Indian is the wisest Indigenous Peoples of the Americas expert I know
::cancelling one-way Megabus ticket to the Finger Lakes::

Western societal norms have always placed women of the African diaspora lowest on the totem pole. Black women acknowledge that unyielding construct for what it is and alleviate haunting trappings of self-doubt with infinite professions of self-love and esteem. 

The bombastic sage  Kanye stated "If I don't tell myself I'm Great, who will?"

It's cultural musings like this that makes one skeptical of the results of  psychological and/or scientific trials concerning the physical attractiveness of my people.
Of me. 

To these findings I proclaim an impenitently biased pish posh!

Or rather in the words of Rihanna responding to a Twitterer commenting on her "nappy hair"

Rihanna responds to  NinyaBella's "nappy hair" comment.

In other news Osama bin Laden's most noted mistress, the award winning novelist and activist Kola Boof speaks on her relationship with the man she details as "a monster, a genius, a poet, a racist woman-basher and a very passionate, deeply sensitive confused being.” Though my inclination is to regard the Psychology Today study as unfounded  rubbish that neglects the various sociological implications of perceived attractiveness, I will venture out and admit that Miss Boof is not the best looking hen in the coop. But hey, neither are the United Kingdom's step-Princesses Eugenie & Beatrice.

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