Princeton University alumna, Susan Patton just came out publicly to say something I’ve been telling all of you since, well…since I’ve been here. Silly rabbit, go to college for the education AND the smorgasboard of potentially marriageable men you’ll find there, and to Hades with rabid feminists who are mouth-foaming at the whole idea, shaking in their boots that there’s some great conspiracy to fling women back into a 1950’s kitchen, barefoot and empregnated.
I tried to get a copy of the open letter she wrote in Princeton’s newspaper, but I guess the rabies has spread enough to scare those folks into taking it down. What whimps!
But Pattan refuses to go away quietly, and I admire her guts to stand up for herself against the clusterphuck that’s come her way. This from her piece in the Huffington Post:
I sincerely feel that too much focus has been placed on encouraging young women only to achieve professionally. I understand that this can be seen as retrogressive, but for those women who aspire to what used to be thought of as a traditional life with home and family, there is almost no ink addressing personal fulfillment outside of the workplace. Specifically, finding lifelong friends and the right partner with whom to share a life and raise a family.
Again, I understand that all women don’t want marriage (to men or other women) and or children, but for those that do, identifying the right partner is critical. One of the criteria by which I am defining the right partner is someone with shared educational and intellectual appreciation. Yes, that can be found after college and outside of Princeton, but the concentration of outstanding men (and women) will never be greater than it is as a student. I wanted to encourage the wonderful young women on Princeton’s campus to take advantage of this while they can. From a sheer numbers perspective, the odds will never be as good again.