‘Princeton Mom’ Susan Patton loses university’s support

Susan Patton
Susan Patton in her ubiquitous Princeton colors.
Credit: Susan Patton

Even knowing Susan Patton’s background didn’t prepare us for the outrageous comments she made during our interview to promote her new book, “Marry Smart.” Widely known as the Princeton Mom because of the open letter she wrote to women at the university about how important it was for them to find their husband in college, Patton told us she rejected modern day feminism and didn’t believe in date rape.

Now, Princeton University, the alma mater Patton is so proud of, is voicing its distaste over these recent comments, and more. “We wish to inform the students on this campus that we do not believe that their manner of dress or drinking behavior makes them responsible for unwanted sexual contact. It is extremely important that individuals of all genders on a college campus feel comfortable reaching out for help. We, the undersigned faculty, stand behind victims of sexual assault and want them to know that our campus is a place where they have a voice, where they will not be made to feel responsible and where they can find support and justice,” says a letter signed by over 200 Princeton faculty members.

This is a direct response to remarks Patton has made in recent interviews that if a woman dresses provocatively or gets drunk, then she is unable to refuse unwanted advances and is to blame for her own rape.

Click here to read our interview with Patton to see what else she has to say about feminism, marriage and having kids.

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