by Dr. Boyce Watkins
The Princeton Mom (aka Susan Patton) is a magnet for controversy. Patton, who is an HR consultant and executive, says that the man a woman chooses to marry is one of her most important investments. As a result, this decision should not be taken lightly and women should be thoughtful and strategic about how to land the man of their dreams.
Some have attacked Susan, accusing her of teaching women to bow to a man or marriage. They’ve also accused her of being a “Gold Digger.” But here’s the funny thing: Most of us are gold diggers in our own way. Most of us would prefer a partner who improves our economic life, rather than one who distracts from it. If we’re not looking for our partner to help us in our quest for economic security, we’re at least looking for someone who is going to help us live a fulfilling life.
So, my position on Susan and what she does is simple: It’s just common sense. The person you choose to spend your life with (as Tia and I mention in our book,”Financial Lovemaking”) is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make. So, why in the world would you leave such an important decision to chance? That would be kind of silly if you ask me.
By the way, S.Tia Brown is my co-host on Financial Lovemaking. She’s also the Entertainment Director at Ebony Magazine and provides great balance to the conversation. You can hear the both of us discussing the issue above: