We don’t settle

March 14, 2011 | NeW

by NeW Guest Blogger Whitney Garrison

I never understood why liberal women assumed that supporting conservative social values goes hand in hand with being a docile doormat. I love how NeW women challenge that stereotype one woman and campus at a time. We NeW women appreciate things, like chivalry for instance, but it doesn’t mean we can’t take charge! So I was intrigued by a post at the Spectator last week which tests how much a woman should lead. He proposes that smart women should go after ‘beta-males’ instead of demanding a man who is at least as educated or ambitious as they:

“Alpha females should find themselves a nice, mellow beta-male, perhaps a hipstery type who works in a used bookstore or a coffee shop. A guy who is smart, but not particularly ambitious, and who would have a hot, pretentious meal waiting when she gets home at 10:30pm.”


With extended adolescence now a recognized phenomenon, it would be easier to resign ourselves to a slacker male companion, but I think this is where NeW women really distinguish themselves. We don’t settle. Instead, we stand up for what we believe in and we find creative ways to encourage men to step up their game, like the Gentlemen’s Showcase. We should inspire men to be more ambitious and more responsible, not less! So hold your ground, ladies!

Whitney Garrison is a guest blogger for NeW. She is Director of Development at The American Spectator Foundation.

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