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The author's condescension is proof that liberals can be just as elitist as the most blue-blooded WASP. LIke she says, many of these young women come from low-income families and this is why such a rite of passage is so important to them, for it allows them for a few hours to pretend to belong to a higher class. Unsurprisingly, the author has an all-too American propensity to just look at the practical side of things.