Princeton Profs Deride Princeton Mom

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.

2 Responses to “Princeton Profs Deride Princeton Mom”

  1. Mike Conrad Says:

    There’s some sense–and nonsense–on both sides of this issue, but do the Forces of Reaction really believe that if (for example) a woman chooses to go naked and drunk to a late-night party off campus that she bears no responsibility whatever for herself? Because that is essentially equivalent to infantilizing women, which I’m not sure was their intention.

  2. Blue Says:

    This is absurd, obviously, since this is not a viable example. In response though, no, she is not responsible for being assaulted. She is responsible for making a poor choice. Don’t be asinine.

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