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Saturday, May 21, 2011
long overdue rant.
While I was busy not blogging, there was this huge uproar on Black Twitter and the Black Blogosphere about this absolutely shittastic, racist article in Psychology Today by Satoshi Kanazawa titled "Why Are Black Women Rated Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?" First of all, the article was initially titled "Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women," which goes to show the true nature of the study, but they added the word 'rated' to make it sound slightly less offensive. After black women flipped the fuck out, the dumbasses at Psychology Today removed the article.
I honestly don't know where to begin. The stupidity of actually publishing such drivel is astounding to me - could they possibly have thought it was a good fucking idea? Do they think we don't read? That we don't keep up with current events or publications? Did they honestly think that someone wasn't going to get pissed off about the article and pass it on to someone else? Black women are extremely well-connected when it comes to social media - we're blowing up Twitter on a constant basis, we blog, we read other women's blogs, and we talk and share what we've read. They had to know it was only a matter of time before someone got upset and rallied the troops.
Then there's the writer himself. I don't think the words 'racist bastard' say enough, but it's the first thing to come to my mind. Some dickwad with a PhD and some bullshit evolutionary pseudo-science behind him thinks he can use it to make widespread, sweeping statements about beauty - something that is HIGHLY subjective. There isn't a single human being that every person in the world would say is beautiful. It doesn't happen - people value different things, have different turn-ons. Of course, this isn't the first time someone's used "science" to justify their particular brand of racism (see: the whole eugenics movement, Nazi experiments on the Jewish people, and the list continues), but I thought we would be past that in two thousand fucking eleven. And who is asking for these studies anyway? I don't remember waking up one day and thinking, "Hey! I feel really unattractive today. Maybe it's because I'm black. I wish someone would do a study on that. It would really help me out."
All in all, it just makes me angry and upset because it's yet another example of mainstream media picking black women apart, bit by bit. We're damned if we do and damned if we don't. We get criticized about our looks, our weight, our personalities, our education, and let's not forget - WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE ALONE, RIGHT?! Haven't we been through enough? From getting carted over here in slave ships, to picking cotton in the fields, to watching our brothers/sisters/sons/daughters/husbands sold away from us, to having the KKK sic dogs on our men and lynch them for no good reason, to being mistrusted, harassed and beaten by the police, I think we're sick and tired of being assaulted by the masses. I know I am.
So I have a message to Mr. Kanazawa and other members of the media who want to run special reports about how I'm ugly or bitchy or emasculating or doomed to be single forever - shut the fuck up. No, seriously - shut. the. fuck. up. I don't want to hear it anymore. Just leave black women alone and go about your business. We don't need your reports or your research or your racism. I'll be damned if I'm going to let you tell me that I'm ugly. Not when there are people out there injecting collagen into their lips and ass to get what I had at birth. Not when I've gotten hit on by all types of men - black, white, brown, Hispanic, Asian. In short, Mr. Kanazawa, I think it's time for you to sit down and maybe take some time to examine your own prejudices and think about what you're going to say before you put it down on paper. You can be as ignorant as you want within the confines of your own mind, but once you write something down, you can't take that shit back. //end rant