Can you say, "Smug"? Chances are
you remember Susan Patton, who graduated from Princeton in 1977; her two sons
attended this university, too. In March of this year, she wrote a letter in the
school newspaper The Daily Princetonian
doling out some advice that would quickly go viral—and for good reason.
most of you, the cornerstone of your future and happiness will be inextricably
linked to the man you marry, and you will never again have this concentration
of men who are worthy of you,” she wrote. “Here's what nobody is telling you:
Find a husband on campus before you graduate.”
While some agreed this was
wise advice, others blasted her as elitist and sexist. For instance, who’s to
say that an “Ivy League” degree guarantees a guy will be nice? And why pressure
women—who have their own bright futures and careers to tackle—to marry so
young, as if that’s their only shot at happiness?
In spite of—or perhaps because of—the
uproar, Patton will publish a whole book on this topic, called Smarten Up!: Words of Wisdom from the Princeton Mom. In this
spring 2014 release by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Patton
will offer “'uncomfortable truths” about what will happen if they wait too long
to walk down the aisle. A woman in her 30s looking for a husband, Patton
says, gives off “man repellent.” Really?
Sexist? Ridiculous? Doesn’t matter—we’d bet good money the book will sell like