Everyone loves to hate the “Princeton Mom.”
“Marry Smart,” the new book by Susan Patton, Princeton class of 1977 and mother of two Princeton sons, that advises young women to start looking for their future husbands as early as college — and also to cultivate the maturity, physical attractiveness, and personal traits that would make them appealing to young men of brains and good character — is currently every feminist’s favorite slow-moving target. No matter that the facts underlying her admonition are incontrovertible: Most young women really do reach their peak of good looks and appeal to men when they’re in their early 20s. Their fertility really does decline around the time that many of them these days are just get started looking for a husband. And college campuses really do contain greater numbers of single men who are their intellectual equals than they’ll ever again encounter in their lives. This is biology and demography speaking, not misogyny.