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Soul mates: Nothing like a Princeton man?

Fear not, Ivy League women. Your prospects for a happy marriage don’t end the moment you graduate — despite what a 1977 Princeton alumna named Susan A. Patton suggests in a letter to The Daily Princetonian. Patton urges current female students to marry men they meet in college, because they’ll never again find such a smart and willing pool of suitors. Her missive drew so much traffic that it crashed the Princetonian website.

That’s because the letter combines age-old stereotypes about insular Ivy League snobbery with age-old fears about the dating prospects of successful women. (It declares that smart men could marry anyone, while smart women have “priced themselves out of the market.”) Sadly, it also makes the common — mistaken — assumption that the college you attend will determine the course of your life.

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