Back in May of this year somebody at Psychology Today messed up. An article, a purported scientific study, went up on their blog. The title of this article was, “Why Black Women Are Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women.” Ridiculous, no? The article was quickly taken down but it remains in all it’s non-sense here. And a good reporting on the whole thing can be found here. Distressing is that the study’s basis for obtaining results is this: “At the end of each interview, the interviewer rates the physical attractiveness of the respondent objectively on the following five-point scale: 1=very unattractive…5=very attractive.” That isn’t objective at all, it’s the interviewer rating women on a scale based solely on the interviewer’s personal preference. Also distressing is that the article even made it onto P.T’s website, implying that it was neither checked nor double checked. As with everything in the world, this article highlights the absolute necessity of not taking anything immediately as truth. Ask questions, look for context, and think critically about what you read. Just because something is considered ‘scientific’ or is coming from what is thought to be a reputable source doesn’t make it fact. But don’t just take my word for it.
And then there’s this, a petition from The Institute for Canadian Values (a conservative think-tank) calling for a change in Toronto District School Board curriculum. It stinks that this petition exists. The TDSB is to be praised for its dedication to human rights education and promoting LGBTQ positive learning. When learners are asked to think outside themselves the learning environment can be enriched. Petition’s like these and the beliefs behind them only serve to spread a hateful, non-inclusive agenda. Why anyone wouldn’t want to promote acceptance, promote the importance of acknowledging difference and then teach ways to work across that difference is beyond me. So for the love of all that is beautiful and true, don’t sign this petition!
And finally, something to consider: does man’s beard of bees make up for the infuriating things I just referenced? Of course not. But still, beard of bees, pretty neat yeah?