Magazine June 1, 2015, Issue

Tocqueville’s Matchmaker

(Roman Genn)
Patti Stanger teaches anew an old lesson about the sexes

Patti Stanger looks like a feminist hero. She’s single, she’s rich, and she, as they say, has it all. The host of Bravo TV’s The Millionaire Matchmaker is herself a self-made millionaire whose empire includes her hit television show as well as an off-air matchmaking business, a podcast, books, DVDs, and, most recently, a line of California wines in “aphrodisiac flavors.” She’s an independent woman at the height of her powers.

It’s in her work as a matchmaker that things get tricky. The laws of love, she has found, have not bent to the arc of the feminist movement. She has

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