The New York Times loves to announce new phenonmena. Often, these involve Ivy League students. (Remember the article on Ivy League women choosing marriage over careers?) Apparently, if smart women who go to Harvard and other Ivies do something, their actions reflect a new, positive trend in female women's choices.
The latest trend is abstinence, as announced in the Sunday magazine. But is The Times reporting an actual phenomenon or wishing for one to happen? I can't help but sense a little bit of bias in The Times' failure to report what the general student bodies think of organizations such as Anscombe at Princeton and True Love Revolution at Harvard. A scan of The Crimson and IvyGate's "esteemed commentators" suggests that the majority of students don't support their tactics. Not to mention the depiction of Janie Fredell, the president of True Love Revolution as a self-depriving martyr and Lena Chen, a sex blogger as an over-indulgent sensualist:
"Chen was a small Asian woman in a miniskirt and stilettos who ate every crumb
of everything, including a ginger cake with cream-cheese frosting and
raspberry compote. Fredell, when the dessert menu came, paused at the
prospect of a "chocolate explosion," said, "I may as well — I mean, carpe diem, right?" And then reconsidered — she really wasn't that hungry."