I tend not to have a lot of time for Steve Sailer: the racism quotient is rather higher than I can stomach.
But this is cute:
\”The most heartfelt articles by female journalists tend to be demands that social values be overturned in order that, Come the Revolution, the journalist herself will be considered hotter-looking.\”
On the more general point of lighter skinned women being \”better looking\”, this certainly has been true over the generations.
Certainly in our own society it\’s been a function of status: not being tanned meant of a status not to have to work outside. This very much switched when being able to go and get a tan was a marher of status, being able to travel to somewhere where there was sunshine. And I think (but don\’t really know, not having lived in the UK for so long) that it\’s now switching back. The orange skin of the tanning booth is a market of low, not high status now.
And this certainly isn\’t something unique to British or even \”white\” society. I recall one (academic let me note) discussion of the Thai market for prostitutes: lighter skinned girls were in demand from Thai males, so those lighter skinned girls went into the low paid domestic prostitution market: the darker skinned were locally less desirable, so they ended up in the higher paid international/sex tourism market.