Think she’d have written her column this way if Kaavya Viswanathan was a Harvard-educated man? Just saying.
*Sidenote: This isn’t meant to defend Viswanathan. She obviously plagiarized her work, and deserves to be called out for it. But Daum’s tone is incredibly condescending, and she clearly adopts stereotypical teenage girl-speak. Which, I’ll admit, is grating. But I don’t think we would have seen a column like this if, say, fellow fake writer James Frey was a 20-year-old college student.