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Hahahahaha! Social scientists say the feminist-loathed “Princeton Mom” is 100% right

March 18, 2014

From my latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:

Apparently there’s no heresy so deserving of burning at the stake than saying out loud that a lot of women in their 20s actually want to get married and have babies. Even worse is daring to advise them how to do it. Patton devotes the bulk of her book to telling young women in and just out of college what to avoid: mainly binge-drinking, the hookup culture, and chasing after handsome “bad boys.” She counsels them to nix uncommitted sex, look their best even if they don’t look like Megan Fox, act like ladies, not be spoiled and whiny (“hothouse tomato” is her term), and generally be the kind of worthy woman that a guy would like to marry.

Oh man, you can’t say that! In fact, in the world of feminism, you’re never supposed to tell a woman to do anything except what she feels like doing at exactly that moment. Otherwise you’re being “mean.”

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In fact, it turns out that Patton has science — social science — on her side. A just-published study in the May 2014 issue of the scholarly journal Social Science Research concludes that people with a balanced combination of physical attractiveness, positive personality traits, and good grooming are exactly the kind of people that other people want to marry.

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  1. Lastango permalink

    Charlotte, you write at the LAT:

    “In other words, if you’d like to walk down the aisle, do what Susan Patton tells you to do. If you’re not the greatest-looking girl on earth, you can make it up with an upbeat personality, positive qualities, and good grooming. But you’ve got to have something going for you.”

    That ought to be on a bronze plaque in the quad. As Billy Preston sung it: “Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’… You gotta have somethin’ if you wanna be with me.”

    After the genderfeminists are done slathering Patton and her book with their quippy snark, they’ll sneak out to buy their copy — an algorithm Maureen Dowd knew well a long time ago:

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    “I knew things were changing because a succession of my single girlfriends had called, sounding sheepish, to ask if they could borrow my out-of-print copy of ‘How to Catch and Hold a Man.’

    “Decades after the feminist movement promised equality with men, it was becoming increasingly apparent that many women would have to brush up on the venerable tricks of the trade: an absurdly charming little laugh, a pert toss of the head, an air of saucy triumph, dewy eyes and a full knowledge of music, drawing, elegant note writing and geography.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/30/magazine/30feminism.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    (Well worth a re-read.)

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    Every time the percentage of men at university drops another quarter point, Patton will sell another 100,000 books.

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