"Princeton Mom" Susan Patton has motherly advice for every type of person in her new book Marry Smart, and that includes plenty of fat-shaming — "ploppers," her name for overweight people — and victim-blaming.
Patton and her mom-splaining schtick came to hate-read fame with a letter to the editor to The Daily Princetonian last year, in which she advised the university's women to find a husband while in college or else be doomed to the life of a spinster. Men, she reasoned, "regularly marry women who are younger, less intelligent, less educated," but Princeton women — and by extension, all college women — should find an equal match. And quickly at that. The largely negative response from that viral article won her a book deal and a Valentine's Day op-ed in The Wall Street Journal.
What wisdom does Patton have to dish out now, many months later? Lots of fat-shaming, according to an early view of the book by The Daily Princetonian. “Answer honestly … would the man you’re dating push his meatball to your side of the plate?” Patton writes. She also has a nickname for heavy-set people: “A plopper. A big lump that goes plop! A grossly overweight person.” How creative!