Marry Smart, the retrograde pile of garbage that the 'Princeton Mom' has sandwiched between two pieces of cardboard and called a book, drops today. That means Susan Patton is currently making the media rounds, questioning the notion of date rape and insisting that she is "not a provocative person."
She appeared in the flesh on Today this morning, dressed (as ever) in Princeton colors. Savannah Guthrie — who presumably did not spend her undergrad years laying man traps — began the segment by rattling off some gems from the book, such as the suggestion that, until you lay your eggs in some poor classmate, you should devote 75 percent of your energies to man hunting, and a mere 25 percent on professional development. "Doesn't that seem a bit out of whack?"
Whatevs, says Patton:
"Work will wait. Your fertility won't," she responded, suggesting that if you spend the 10 years after college focused on work, all your dreams of family will whither before your very eyes. I'm obviously not a scientist, but I'm pretty sure it'll keep until you can find a dating pool stocked with actual adults, rather than petrified freshmen.
Guthrie also confronted her with a passage suggesting that, "if you require major bodywork, get it done in high school." And Patton didn't flinch there, either, having the nerve to present the suggestion that high schoolers get major cosmetic surgery as an issue of self-esteem: "If you enter your college years not in your best form, not feeling as good as you can feel about yourself, you'll hamper your own chances for personal happiness as well as professional success."
For the record, Today also spoke to some parents, who pretty uniformly suggested that no, they did not expect their children to devote their undergraduate years to finding a husband. Duh.
Patton also elaborated on the book's stance re: date rape. Rather than back down on her "spare me your 'blaming the victim' outrage" line of argument, she pretty much suggested the onus is on young women to avoid getting themselves raped: "It's all on them to not put themselves in a position where they are vulnerable to being abused or mistreated by a man," she added, suggesting that, "It's dangerous to say to women that you can count on men to act responsibility."