- Kaja PerinaEditor in Chief, Psychology Today
Fire Satoshi Kanazawa
Satoshi Kanazawa is an evolutionary psychologist who writes for Psychology Today. His column of May 17, 2011, was entitled: "Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?". Due to its racist and completely unscientific assertions about black women, it caused a massive uproar from the reading public and was quickly taken down from Psychology Today's website. That was a good first step; however, the rest of Kanazawa's blatantly ridiculous and misogynistic oeuvre remains on the site, and he continues to be employed by the magazine.
Take a look at this gem from Kanazawa, which was published by Psychology Today on May 8, 2011: "Why Men Lie Up and Women Lie Down." Here's an excerpt.
As I explain in an earlier post, modern feminism is illogical, unnecessary, and evil. Modern feminists are wrong about everything. The females of all mammalian species, including humans, always have more power than the males, and, in every human society, women are slightly better off than men are. If there is anything that is bad or unkind to women, it is the space-time continuum. The uniform and unidirectional progression of time – where time only moves in one direction and all of us uniformly get older – is the only thing that is detrimental to women and beneficial to men.
Mr. Kanazawa's appalling ignorance about women's economic inequality, and the fact that one out of every three women is a victim of violence during her lifetime, not to mention his apparent inability to understand that women "in every human society" are not, in fact, better off than men are, could possibly be excused, if he were just a random sexist pig. But Psychology Today has hired this man to talk about women as though he has some expertise on the subject. Clearly, he is not qualified in any way, shape or form to do so.
Please help stop this misogynist from preaching his sexism and racism to Psychology Today's audience. Sign this petition to request that he be fired immediately, and his articles removed from the website.
Thank you very much.
- Editor in Chief, Psychology Today
I am writing to request that Satoshi Kanazawa be fired from the writing staff of Psychology Today, and that all his writings be removed from the magazine's website.
Mr. Kanazawa's article of May 17, 2011, entitled "Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?", was quickly removed from the site after readers complained that it was racist and sexist. I applaud you for this action; however, this type of misogyny and appalling ignorance is a common thread throughout Mr. Kanazawa's work. One need look no further than his previous Psychology Today article, "Why Men Lie Up and Women Lie Down," to demonstrate as much. Here is a key paragraph from that article.
"As I explain in an earlier post, modern feminism is illogical, unnecessary, and evil. Modern feminists are wrong about everything. The females of all mammalian species, including humans, always have more power than the males, and, in every human society, women are slightly better off than men are. "
I suppose it is possible that Mr. Kanazawa is so ignorant that he has never heard of female income and wealth inequality, and that he is unaware of the fact that one in three women will be a victim of violence in her lifetime "in every human society" (and in some countries like the Congo, that statistic is closer to 100%.) If this is true, however, does he deserve to be published as an "expert" by your magazine?
On Psychology Today's "About" page, the following text is written:
"Here at PsychologyToday.com we have invited the leading academics, clinicians and authors in our field to contribute their thoughts and ideas in the form of blogs -- there are currently over 600 of them. The accumulated knowledge bank represents the largest archive of its kind in the world."
My hope is that you take these words seriously, and that you will recognize that Mr. Kanazawa's sexist, racist manifestos are not worthy of inclusion in Psychology Today's knowledge bank. I respectfully request that you fire him, and remove his work from your site.
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