Recently I read an article titled ‘Why Black Women Are Physically Less Attractive Than Other Women’. (Read here http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/why-black-women-are-less-physically-attractive-tha) You can imagine my thoughts, as a proud black woman, upon sighting the title. Ok so maybe I didn’t react with indignation that is to be expected of me. Instead I reacted with mirth. It was funny! That someone took time out to ‘prove’ that black women are less physically attractive than other women is simply amazing to me.
When I started reading it, I had a huge grin on my face but when I reached the seventh (or so) paragraph, I burst into laughter. It read, “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.” Essentially it’s saying, “All these ugly black women deceive themselves that they’re finer than other women. How absurd!”
After a good laughing jag, I returned to my reading and discovered this little gem of an explanation for the lower level of physical attractiveness in black women…testosterone.
Aaahh…you know! That little hormone that makes men really manly. According to the research, Africans have a higher level of testosterone than other people. So, the men look very manly and attractive…and the women look manly AND unattractive. Now isn’t that something?
They have a bunch of other discounted reasons for why black women are less attractive than other women. And just in case you don’t notice it, they mention a positive correlation between intelligence and physical attractiveness. This means, the finer you are, the smarter you are (can anyone explain the blonde theory then?).
But why would I laugh? I know it’s offensive and I should be righteously upset but really, I can’t waste my energy being upset over something that is obviously ridiculous. I know I’m beautiful and smart and I don’t need a study to prove that to me. I don't even need Beyonce, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Nicki Minaj, Zoe Saldana or Rihanna to stand up for me. I'll stand up for myself. They might say I’m delusional but who cares? It’s my delusion!