On March 11th, the Daily Princetonian published an interview with “Princeton Mom” Susan Patton, P’77. On March 25th, the Daily Princetonian published a letter to the editor signed by over 200 Princeton faculty members, including Joyce Carol Oates and Anne-Marie Slaughter, written in response to one of Patton’s answers.
It was one of the canned responses Patton’s been giving across the board since the release of her book: that women are responsible if they are sexually assaulted because they wear short bodycon dresses and drink alcohol.
The faculty’s response was short and to the point, saying simply that “we do not believe that their manner of dress or drinking behavior makes them responsible for unwanted sexual contact.” An editor’s note includes the Patton interview question and answer which prompted the faculty to write this letter, making it explicitly clear that they were refuting her words “for the integrity, health and well-being of all our students.”
And there you have it.