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“HOW BLACK WOMEN DEFINE BEAUTY”
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011 @ 9-10 PM, WBAI 99.5 FM
streaming live on the internet @ www.wbai.org
On May 16th, 2011 evolutionary psychologist and college professor Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa
(London School of Economics and London Birkbeck College) posted a controversial, racist, and sexist article online. Kanazawa’s piece claimed that he had discovered evidence that Black women are less physically attractive than white, Asian, and Native American women. And, the same evidence showed that Black men were not less attractive than other men. The article was published by the Psychology Today
But, it turns out that the article was based on shoddy evidence. A group of young scholarly Black women organized an All Hands on Deck Response
. An online petition at colorofchange.org
in opposition to Kanazawa’s racist and sexist statements regarding Black women was written and it was signed by over 100,000 people. The editor of Psychology Today’s blog responded to the outrage of the petitioners and issued a public apology and Kanazawa‘s article was eventually removed from the magazine’s webpage. More recently, Dr. Kanazawa
was removed as a blogger for Psychology Today
’s site altogether. Aishah Shahidah Simmons
, award-winning independent feminist filmmaker and producer of No! The Rape Documentary
, a film that breaks the silence of Black women who are raped by Black men, is a writer, international lecturer, and activist, based in Philadelphia; she is also one of the organizers of the petition opposing Kanazawa’s article. Ms. Simmons will be one of the guests. Akiba Solomon
, a journalist who immediately responded to Kanazawa’s racist attempt to debase Black women by publishing her own analysis of the psychologist’s article on her colorlines.org
, blog Gender Matters,
entitled “The Pseudoscience of Black Women Are Less Attractive”
will be another panelist. Her blog was viewed and shared by well over 2,000 people. Ms. Solomon is a former health editor for Essence Magazine
, and co-editor of an anthology of essays and oral memoirs about Black women and body image, entitled Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips and Other Parts.
In addition, we will be joined by: Dr. Salamishah Tillet
, Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania
. She received her Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization in 2007 and A.M. in English from Harvard University and her M.A.T. from Brown University. She is currently a visiting fellow at the Center of African American Studies at Princeton University. She is also the co-founder of the gender violence prevention and expressive arts organization, A Long Walk Home, Inc., and a regular contributor to the online magazine, The Root. Her research interests include twentieth-century African-American literature, film, and popular music, cultural studies, and feminism.
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Darnell Moore, Rutgers University Educator in Newark, researcher, writer, and activist for justice will also join the discussion regarding the racistl and sexist implications of Dr. Kanazawa’s article.
The hosts of “How Black Women Define Beauty,” Maretta J. Short and Fran Luck,willl elicit the expertise of the panelists and also discuss with them where their concerns intersect (or don’t) with early feminist demands for all women to be able to live free from external “beauty” pressures. The show will also include a new feature: Amanda Marcotte’s reproductive rights podcast, the Feminist News segment, music and more.
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