A fiction. Not the actual Mr. Kanasawa’s words.
In a parallel universe, Satoshi Kanasawa gives this exclusive interview to our very own Sweat and Sprezzatura correspondent about his recent blog post:
“Why are Asian Men Less Physically Attractive than Other Men?”
sweat and sprezzatura asks:
Mr. Kanazawa, tell us about your process in researching and writing this post?
I was interested in exploring racial differences and the relationship between race and physical attractiveness.
My first impulse was to court controversy by focusing my findings on black women. Black and women: It’s a winning combination.
Scientific findings of black inferiority have the air of daring in the politically-correct West. But, really, it’s just good business. Both sides of the culture war mobilize, and that means buzz! Eventually, the buzz subsides, and both sides go home even more entrenched, but my name is on everybody’s lips.
As for women, I know what I’m doing when I talk about women. Women have beauty, and beauty is power. And men, at their most vulnerable, resent the power of female beauty. I successfully harnessed that resentment in a blog post called “Are All Women Essentially Prostitutes?”
Great title, huh? And, by the way, they are all whores.
And so are popular writers.
For this post, I intended to advance the thesis that black women are less attractive than other women. Our male frustration at female beauty, and its inaccessibility, is assuaged by reminding women that some of them are dogs. It’s a reassertion of power. That’s the marketable concept.
sweat and sprezzatura:
And, yet, Mr. Kanazawa, that’s not the post you wrote. Why?
I remembered David Chappelle’s Black White Supremacist, and how Chappelle used humor, even a self-deprecating humor, not to exploit prevailing controversies swirling around race, but to force people to think about race and racism. It’s funny, unexpected, perverse and effective. And I thought I could do the same, if I turned my own theory against myself.
Everybody likes an Asian girl, as t-shirts proclaim. But on the hierarchy of sexy, Asian men rank fairly low. I point out that Asian men have less hair than men of other races. I throw in the cringe-worthy assertion made by Psychology Today that Asian men have sex less frequently than men of other races. Asian men, I conclude, have less testosterone than other men.
Men with lower levels of testosterone have less masculine features and are therefore less physically attractive. The race differences in the level of testosterone can therefore potentially explain why Asian men are less physically attractive.
And the sad truth is that I don’t stand a chance with Beyoncé.
Mr. Kanazawa, that’s the blog post you could have written. It would have made your point with humor and elegance. Beautifully, really.
Beauty: we yearn for it. In women. And in writing.
Imagined by a woman with enough testosterone to enjoy competing in the arena of taking A Look at the Hard Truths About Human Nature.