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Hold Psychology Today Accountable

    1. Tiffany Griffin
    2. Petition by

      Tiffany Griffin

      Durham, NC


On May 16, 2011, Psychology Today published an article on attractiveness that contradicted the basic tenets of scientific rigor and exhibited pure irresponsibility on behalf of the Psychology Today editorial staff. [PLEASE NOTE: THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HAS BEEN REMOVED. IT HAS BEEN RE-BLOGGED AT:http://blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com/news-feed/stupid-study-why-black-women-are-fatter-dumber-more-manly-and-less-attractive-than-others/ ). Numerous psychologists have sent letters expressing disappointment and concern at the publication's recent decision. Psychology Today's response has been to pull the article. This superficial band-aid, however, only hides the wound's surface. The carelessness of the recent article marks a trend by Psychology Today to publish unreliable, pseudo-scientific content  in the name of "science." This poor standard for presenting research is particularly concerning given the national popularity of publications such as Psychology Today, which are seen by many members of the general public as credible representations of psychological research.

Accordingly, we petition psychological professional associations to devise a formal statement alerting the public that given their track record Psychology Today should not be considered a reliable source of psychological knowledge. We also encourage the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science to devise mechanisms that may help to hold popular media sources, such as Psychology Today, accountable for the research they present to the public. The misuse and misrepresentation of psychological science, such as what has been seen today requires clear distancing from these types of publications.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Concerned Citizens 

Note: If you are a psychologist, please indicate this in the comments section of the petition.


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    Reasons for signing

    • Tika Prospere HAMILTON, NJ
      • over 3 years ago


    • Ashley Padmore BARRIE, ON CANADA, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      Beauty extends so much further than the exterior and lies deep within, if at all. How can such ugliness claim to judge beauty? As a black woman, this is beyond offensive, and very sad for the progression of humankind. Period. Regardless, sistahs love yourselves. Hold your heads up proud and high my fellow Queens!

    • Anu Damiana LACEY, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      You cannot possibly begin to find ANY MEANS OF SCIENTIFIC justification for possibly beginning numerous hate-campaigns against women of African-American heritage.

      This is a hate-filled world at present. It seems as if many issues that WERE, at best, partially rectified (civil rights, women's rights, racial discrimination, etc) have been resurfacing as if time has gone in reverse.

      Police your publication. How on earth could you associate your name with such low-brow blathering? Does tact and diplomacy and open-mindedness completely fly out the window when a person is granted with a grouping of initials by their name? Clinical is one thing. That can be understood. This is not about clinical verbiage. This is very simply stupidity/poor judgement on the part of a publication that reaches so many people that it is hard to comprehend how a skill like very basic editing geared toward current day appropriateness/social consciousness could be 'overlooked'. Thumbs out of asses, please...oh, forgive...perhaps it's your heads there? Either or, pluck 'em out, and join the MAJORITY of us in current day, 2011.

    • lisa savage NEWARK, DE
      • over 3 years ago


    • Nicosia Davis PETERSBURG, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      I am a recent graduate of a M.S Clinical Psychology program and an active member of APA and ABPsi I was absolutely appalled at Psychology Today for publishing this disturbing diatribe disguised as research. I have previously subscribed to Psychology Today but as an African American women this article made cancel my subscription.


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