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So reads part of a statement published in Princeton’s student newspaper, The Daily Princetonian, signed by dozens of staff members including writers Anne-Marie Slaughter and Joyce Carol Oates, in response to “Princeton Mom” Susan Patton’s recent remarks about rape. (Read the full statement here.) While Patton has made a name for herself in recent months for advocating that Princeton’s female population focus on finding a man while they’re in college, she’s also used the spotlight to crow about how women are what responsible for what happens to them when they are drunk, all but rolling her eyes at the existence of date rape. This staff statement is in direct response to an interview Patton did with The Daily Princetonian, in which she said the following when asked “Why does the woman hold the responsibility in the case of rape or sexual assault?”: Keep reading »
Susan Patton gained attention and the moniker “Princeton Mom” nearly a year ago, when the Daily Princetonian published a letter to the editor from the Class of ’77 grad called, “Advice For The Young Women Of Princeton: The Daughters I Never Had,” in which she advised Princeton’s female population to focus on finding a husband during their college years so they wouldn’t end up having to marry some dude who went to a, bleh, state school. Even Princeton women have a shelf life, you see. Well, Patton’s unsolicited advice scored her a book deal of course, which she promoted this morning on “The Today Show” and Savannah Guthrie was quick to go after Patton’s suggestion that college women should devote a whopping 75 percent of their time to man-hunting and only 25 percent towards professional development. “Doesn’t that seem a bit out of whack?” Guthrie asked.
HA, stupid Savannah, not when your eggs are rotting away inside of you! “Work will wait. Your fertility won’t,” said Patton. Yes, it’s not enough that this society has post-grad women all in a tizzy about their fertility — Patton thinks college fucking freshman should be focused on finding someone to put a bun in their oven. This woman is literally advising all young women, including those paying top dollar for an Ivy League education, to prioritize getting their MRS. degree over anything else so they don’t end up barren and alone. HOW. FUCK. Keep reading »
“Forget about having it all, or not having it all, leaning in or leaning out — here’s what you really need to know that nobody is telling you.”
That’s how now-infamous “Princeton Mom” Susan Patton began her letter to “Princeton women,” advising them to lock down a Princeton man by the time they graduate, lest their lives turn, over the next three decades or so, to fetid piles of vaguely unfulfilling upper-middle-class Princeton shit.
Princeton women — and all women, and actually everybody in a place of transition, as so many college students and young people and old people and middle-aged people are — please allow me to finish her premise with the actual thing you “really need to know that nobody is telling you.”
You don’t have a “shelf life.” There’s almost nothing you can’t undo, deal with or mitigate the damage of. You do not have to set your life trajectory on ascend, now or at any other time. You are going to be fine. Keep reading »