"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!
In Patton's calculation, women can only get married to an intellectual equal if they are also attractive, so there's only one solution for overweight people: “If you’ve struggled with obesity through most of your teen years, then maybe surgical intervention is a good idea for you,” she advocates.
Those are just a few of the many rage-causing quotes from Marry Smart, due out next week. Patton also takes aim at women who are victims of sexual assault: A provocatively-dressed drunk woman who enters a man's room is responsible for her actions, she writes. “Please spare me your ‘blaming the victim’ outrage,” the book reads, as these women “displayed screamingly bad judgment and must bear accountability for what may happen next.” Saying "spare me" is unlikely to negate the fair outrage at that victim-blaming line.
Men are not spared in her formulation, either. “Men are wonderful!” she writes, while explaining that they will date any “dumb, mean or nasty” women who freely have sex with them. “For men, there is very little that trumps free sex with a woman who is easier to make than a peanut butter sandwich,” she writes.
Marry Smart comes out March 11.
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