Inspiring Prince Article

Last week an anonymous student published this article in the Daily Princetonian. In it, she discusses the mistakes she made her first year at college, and the way they’ve taught her to hate the hookup culture:

I was so sheltered and naive as a freshman that I can barely believe I
am that same person today. And I just wish someone had told me that the
reality of hooking up is monumentally different from what I was
expecting. I wish someone had told me that you don’t get into a
relationship by meeting someone on the Street and taking him home or
that they won’t even text you the next day. I wish someone had told me
that when a guy says, “Hey, I want to show you this really funny video,
but it’s in my room,” he’s going to show you much more than a video. And
the awkwardness that happens when your hookup flat out pretends you
don’t exist the day after? No one warned me about that!

Welcome Back, Anscombe!

I hope you have all had a good summer, and are returning to–or arriving at–Princeton rested and refreshed. Below is a list of our upcoming events; if you have questions, or are interested in being added to the mailing list, please send me an email:

Upcoming Events:

Anscombe Open House: Monday, September 17, 6:00-7:30 pm in 220 Frist. Meet members of the Anscombe Society and enjoy various refreshments. Bring questions or comments, or just stop by to say hello.

First Meeting: Friday, September 21, 12:45pm, Rocky Private Dining Room. Join us for our first lunch discussion of the year. The topic will be “A Tale of Two Ivies” (, an article about the sexual culture at Columbia and at Yale.

Pro-Life, Pro-Family Reception: Sunday, September 23, 3:00-4:30pm, Mathey Common Room. Join the Anscombe Society, Princeton Pro-Life, and supportive faculty, staff, and community members for a reception with cookies. Student leaders will present on group activities the past year and plans for the coming year.

Love and Fidelity Network Conference: November 2-3, in Princeton. The Love and Fidelity Network’s annual conference aims to connect college men and women to leading scholars and experts in order to equip them with the best arguments and resources in support of marriage, family, and sexual integrity.  Participants will also find ample opportunity to network with and learn from each other, and attend sessions to help develop leadership skills in bringing the “love and fidelity” message back to their respective campuses.

Reunions Pro-Life, Pro-Family Reception

Join us tomorrow for this year’s Pro-Life, Pro-Family Reunion Reception.
Professor Robert P. George will offer a few words about the role of the
pro-life and pro-family message at Princeton and student leaders of
Princeton Pro-Life and the Anscombe Society will be present to update
alumni, students, and friends about their activities this past year and
plans for next semester. Come when you can and leave when you wish!
Families are, of course, welcome.

The event will be held tomorrow (Friday June 1) from 4:30-6pm in the 1915 room of Butler. The facebook event can be found here.

Wrapping Up

Thanks to everyone who has helped out this past year and semester. Since January we’ve postered for Valentine’s Day, hosted
study breaks and two sessions of “Ask an Anscomber Anything”, and
enjoyed two Anscombe seminar series, with Dr. Matthew O’Brien and with
Professor Christopher Tollefsen. Thanks to GE, Monday Morning Links is
now back. (One of our next projects will be improving the blog in
earnest – if you’re interested in writing please email me:
We will not be holding regular club meetings for the
rest of the semester–the officers will meet to plan for next
year, and other than that we will meet as a club only if something comes
up. So there will be no meeting on Friday; however, two upcoming events which may be of interest:
TONIGHT (May 2): “Demographic Winter,” a film screening hosted by Princeton Pro-Life in the Frist West TV Lounge at 9pm.
1, 4:30pm – Pro-Life, Pro-Family Reception. Featuring free food and
sympathetic alumni, professors, students, and community members, this
event will be on the Friday of reunions in Butler 1915 room.
I hope you all finish up your semester victoriously. It has been a pleasure working with you this year.

Pre-Frosh Debrief

After a couple of busy weeks, we have finished welcoming the pre-frosh. We met a number of fresh faces at both of the activities fairs, and hosted two delicious open houses (with Bent Spoon cupcakes). Pre-frosh who are interested in Anscombe or have questions about Princeton can email me:

In the Prince: gender-neutral housing, condoms & normative sex talk

Alas, in the busyness of school we’ve rather neglected the blog. A few articles of note:

Today in the Daily Princetonian there was a charming article about all the places on campus to find condoms. Barely worthy of comment.

Yesterday their Editorial Board also ran an editorial on expanding gender neutral housing. A reply is in the works.

Last week I also published an op-ed arguing that it’s proper to discuss sex normatively in the public sphere.

Monday Morning Links will return very soon.

The utilitarian case against being (or being friends with) a utilitarian

Since I’m not a utilitarian, this doesn’t do much to undermine utilitarianism for me. Still, there is something fitting about it. From the article:

“Dr Bartels and Dr Pizarro… found a strong
link between utilitarian answers to moral dilemmas (push the fat guy off
the bridge) and personalities that were psychopathic, Machiavellian or
tended to view life as meaningless. Utilitarians, this suggests, may add
to the sum of human happiness, but they are not very happy people