The morning news shows yesterday had discussions about an open letter in The Princetonian penned by a Princeton alumna. This letter, which the author claims was intended only as "advice", suggests that women attending Princeton should, in addition to pursuing a degree, also pursue a husband.
"Smart women can't (shouldn't) marry men who aren't at least their intellectual equal. As Princeton women, we have almost priced ourselves out of the market. Simply put, there is a very limited population of men who are as smart or smarter than we are. "
“And I say again — you will never again be surrounded by this concentration of men who are worthy of you. Of course, once you graduate, you will meet men who are your intellectual equal — just not that many of them."
I didn't attend an Ivy League school, opting instead to attend a less illustrious, but vastly more affordable school back in the Eighties, when it would have been considered absolute heresy for any self-respecting young woman to admit to looking for her MRS alongside her BA. That doesn't mean many women weren't hoping to find a suitable husband at college, just that nobody--and I do mean nobody--would ever publicly say so.
Fast-forward 30 years, and here's a woman who says, basically, that college is the richest source of eligible, suitable young men most women are likely to ever encounter, so why not look for a mate while you get your education? I'm honestly not sure how I feel about her advice; it seems outdated and somehow insulting to women to suggest that they need to snare a spouse while they can ... but I'm not really sure she's wrong.