CPAC: The Jersey Shore-ification Of Our Young People — UPDATED

February 14, 2012 / 11:09 am • By Dr. Melissa Clouthier

Erick Erickson wrote a must-read piece to the young men of the conservative movement. It’s good stuff and especially important considering men are to be future leaders at home, at church, etc.

Women will be future leaders, too, and I was dismayed to see how many of them either looked frumpish or like two-bit whores.

First, are these young people being taught anything by their parents? I was at another service-oriented gathering of young women where the girls were in tight bandeau-skirts (you know, the kind of tube-top skirts that hookers wear on street corners?). They were sitting with their mothers. What is going on here?

Second, have women so internalized feminist dogma that they see themselves in only two ways? Butch, men-lite wannabes or 3rd wave sluts who empower themselves by screwing every available horndog man?

Neither path is a way to self-love and respect, mind you. Both tracks will inhibit future success.

Women, if you’re at a conference where you’re learning to be a future politician or wish to succeed in the business of politics, dress the part. No, you don’t have to be in a business suit with pearls. However, modesty is a minimum. So:

1. No cleavage. That’s right. Cover that up. I say “no” in absolutist terms because women will show a tiny bit and that’s okay, but really, in a business environment where ideas are the priority, a dude thinking about your ta-tas is counter-productive.

2. Skirts no more than three finger-widths above the knee. Why do I even have to write this? Well, because someone is allowing these girls out of the house with mini-skirts that reveal too much.

3. Save the stilettos for Saturday night on a date with your boyfriend.

4. Bend at the knee. No, I don’t want to see your butt.

Young women, you degrade your own value by dressing and then acting the ho.

I cannot even tell you how many girls have told me that all they want is to get married and have babies. They do not seem to make the connection that a young man is not interested in getting married and making babies with a girl who is so easy as to have a one-night stand over a CPAC weekend (or any other weekend.)

You know what a guy thinks when you slut-it-up? He thinks: If she’ll do that with me, she’ll do that with anyone.

This is not politically correct advice, mind you. Young ladies at college are encouraged to embrace their sexuality and flaunt it on the one hand (empowerment!) or to be tough, gruff and make-up free (man’s world!) to be taken seriously.

A successful woman can be tough and beautiful, modest and stylish, smart and sexy while still being chaste and having expectations of men.

The conservative movement means conservative values–promoting behavior that will lead to a sound society. Family is at the basis of this. Sexuality, and the self-management of it, is at the core of family.

A man who will use self-restraint, respect a woman, honor her enough to not pressure for sex–is a man who will more likely be faithful in marriage, work and life.

Likewise, a woman who sees herself as more than a sex-object and realizes she doesn’t need to be a man in order to be worthy, who carries herself with confidence and modesty, will attract men who want to get married and make babies.

It is disheartening that these ideas even need to be written about, but clearly they do. If, at the number one conservative conference of the year, young men and women are looking and acting like the cast of Jersey Shore, it’s time to reset the compass.

It’s past time.

P.S. Parents, your children reflect your standards, or lack thereof. For. Shame.

UPDATED: Worth a read. A father gives his account of young women and says, in his article, The Death of Pretty:

Most girls don’t want to be pretty anymore even if they understand what it is. It is ironic that 40 years of women’s liberation has succeeded only in turning women into a commodity. Something to be used up and thrown out.

Of course men play a role in this as well, but women should know better and they once did. Once upon a time you would hear girls talk about kind of women men date and the kind they marry. You don’t hear things like that anymore.
But here is the real truth. Most men prefer pretty over hot. Even back in 6th grade I hated the “hot” Olivia Newton John and felt sorry for her that she had to debase herself in such a way. Still do.

Please read the whole thing.

Updated again:

Well, at least Wonkette is consistent. They are for sluttiness! Yay! Let’s promote STDs, drunken debauchery, casual sex, and by extension, the inevitable unwanted pregnancies and abortions that result. Isn’t being progressive positively regressive? Like it’s some big cultural evolution and progress to have humans rut like animals.


Dan Riehl welcomes Tube Tops.

On “Whorishness.” Related: STDs

Little Miss Attila on navigating gender relations:

There is, in fact, a sort of intellectual jujitsu that a few conservative males practice, wherein they decline to respect women in the egalitarian John Stuart Mill sense (because, doncha know, that’s feminist, and it’s bad), and yet they decline to do it in an Old-World, gentlemenly sense (because that would be old-fahioned, and we’re all very modern around here). These two approaches can overlap, but in a certain type of male they might both be eschewed . . . and that is a recipe for caddishness.

I’ve seen it, and it isn’t attractive.

But, you know: these matters of etiquette aren’t easy, no matter where one stands on the social-conservative spectrum. And conventions . . . well, they can be dicey arenas when it comes to the etiquette of flirting. (Rebecca Watson just called to point out that a guy once tried to coffee-rape her in an elevator, which, you know . . . made me sigh heavily.)

The bottom line is, treat people decently. If you’re wrestling with heavy-duty personal demons such as uncontrolled anger—or a tendancy to proposition new acquaintances‐don’t drink as heavily, even if there is a hosted bar.

She brings up a good point on acting respectful. And that’s really what I’m talking about here–dressing, acting respectfully, appropriately (man, I hate that word).

It’s a matter of even knowing what is respectful attire, action, etc. This all makes me seem terribly old-fashioned. And it probably makes me seem hard on women.

If a woman is looking for a man, don’t act like a little girl, don’t dress provocatively and then be appalled when you’re propositioned, and have a couple standards for behavior–your own and his.

These sorts of things used to be taught. Now the rules and expectations are so blurred and confusing, there’s a certain amount of blithering hysteria involved in the Western mating ritual. Girls really have no concept of their own value and are shocked at being treated as a commodity.

Question: Were loose standards the standard for getting into the bloggers lounge? Inquiring minds outside the room want to know.

  • HeavyHitter

    The American Taliban once more trats women as chattel. Keep your dirty thoughts to yourselves, please! 

  • They used to say showing an ankle in church was also too provocative for
    the men to be able to handle back in the Victorian era. This is
    cultural and time specific thinking, not God’s rules for his house of

    If King David danced naked before the Lord, surely a sun dress would be permitted.
    God made that body, to think sinfully about it is on them.  ‘If your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out’.

  • Rien

    If someone doesn’t respect me because of my clothing, make-up, or sexual history I don’t want their respect. I don’t want anything to do with them. I have too much self respect for that. 

    People bitch and moan about how girls don’t value themselves these days and don’t have any morality. If you can’t value or respect someone because you saw their legs, I think YOU are the one with morality issues. 

  • Bnbuerlle


    Now let me guess, it was her fault she was sexually assaulted by the nice, clean cut guy because her skirt was more than 3 fingers up from her knee?

  • Carcie

    And to think that not too long ago at all, the sight of a woman’s ANKLE was supposed to drive men mad.

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  • BRAVO!  Only children, dimbulbs, and the “morally-challenged” think that the “chubby-slut” and “mimbo” LOOK of the Jersey Shore derelicts—or their promiscuous and drunken behavior—is anything to emulate.  Those hedonistic reprobates are icons for how NOT to look and act.

  • I cannot believe all these negative reactions to someone speaking with common sense about “appearance.”  There is dressing to look “nice” and there is dressing to look provocative (to provoke sexual response).  Hookers do not dress “nice”, because they dress to provoke a sexual response and to advertise their availability.  Appropriate dresings means appropriate to “purpose.”  What is “the purpose” of showing lots of cleavage, and/or a bare stomach, plenty of upper thighs, the intimate shape of your arse—and wearing CFM shoes?  Advertising. Not your worth as an intelligent, caring, educated, and talented person; just as a sex object.

  • Anonymous

    HAHA.  This dude or dudette just arrived from a 1950’s filmstrip.  Welcome to the new century.  Billionaire’s walk around in shorts and Google and Facebook steals all your information and money while wearing jeans.

    Somewhere, Madonna, is sitting back in one of her 30 houses and laughing at the Puritan.

    Or, heck, maybe it’s Ann Coulter sitting on a pile of money who is doing the laughter.

    The quality of ideas is what matters

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  • Oh please. I have the good sense to know that I am a beautiful girl, and I use it to my advantage every chance I get. I never look raunchy, but when you’re a size 2-4, natural C-cup, blonde hair/blue eyed girl… anything you put on will look “too pretty for work”. Believe me.

    My suggestion to those who aren’t naturally lucky like myself- make it so. Don’t fall into the trap that you have to go burning your bras to be taken seriously and advance in the professional world.  

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  • Elyse

    Wow. For someone who talks a lot about respect, you sure don’t seem to show any. If you’re trying to follow God, you’re doing it wrong. You want to know what it says in that Bible of yours? It says not to judge. It says to build people up with your words and not tear them down. It also says we are all equal, whether we “dress like sluts” or not. (Paraphrasing that last bit, of course. You won’t find “slut” in the Bible, because Jesus didn’t slut shame. He actually forgave a prostitute’s sin.) 

    Honestly, I find this article to be a piece of trash that is only interested in mocking, hating, disrepecting, and shaming young girls who may not dress to your liking.

  • Angelo R. Mozilo

    This problem will solve itself in a few seasons (CPAC skanks)

  • lol it’s fun to read everybody’s opinions on these group of guys

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  • Ld387

    This article is rude. As a young female conservative reading this I feel as though the author is simply insecure. Wearing heels is business professional, wearing flats is not. Just because a young woman may not act 100% the way you like does NOT give you a right to call another woman a “ho”, “slut”, “whore” or any other degrading name. This is pathetic, no, I take that back, you are pathetic. I will see you at CPAC 2013, I’ll be the blonde on in heels.

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  • Michelle

    And pot calls kettle black.

  • MarlaHughes

    I know this is an old article but I ended up here through a convoluted research project I’m working on.

    I just wanted to say how much your voice is needed, especially in conservative circles these days. Too many have forgotten that our founders expected us to be a moral people and the nation cannot stand as a republic without that strong moral base. That’s one of the reasons for Reagan’s three legged stool. It’s too deep to go into here, but there is a close correlation between the nuclear family and a strong moral, familial foundation and our form of government. Briefly, the other choices are government taking care of the young and/or tribal/clannish behavior and loyalties.

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  • CTSadler

    Wow lady… You’re a mess.

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