• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There is 1 comment on Older and Nonwhite Celebrities on People’s “World’s Most Beautiful” List

  1. This is a really big conclusion to draw from so little evidence. Are we seriously expected to believe that a magazine cover is a good indicator of what society as a whole finds attractive? Most people don’t even read the magazine! This might not be a problem if those that did were randomly selected from the population, but I would wager the likelihood someone is to read this magazine would be correlated with other factors. I.e. I would guess more women read these magazines. The problem this presents for these conclusions is that it cannot be argued that what is marketed to a distinct subset of the population is a metric of the opinion of society. It could be that the readership of the magazine responds better to older, darker women, but not society as a whole. It could be that opinions on beauty haven’t changed at all, but a small portion of the population would react very negatively if the magazine did not feature many darker, older women. It could be that the younger generation is not reading the magazine as often, and so the age of those featured has simply increased to match the readership. Hell, it could be that this sample size is way too tiny to draw any conclusions whatsoever.

    The names behind this “study” shouldn’t impress anyone. Distinguished institutions are just as capable of this sort of lazy, thoughtless “research” as anywhere else. I would hope that in the future, we all, including BU today, hold them to a higher standard.

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