Laura Donovan

Now that the stress of CPAC coverage has melted away, bloggers and opinion writers have taken it upon themselves to freely comment on one of the overlooked issues with the highly publicized GOP conglomeration: The rotten, sex-crazed, no good kids in attendance.

Conservative pundit Melissa Clouthier spoke out against this year’s female CPAC attendees for dressing like “two-bit whores” at the big event. Referencing Red State editor-in-chief Erick Erickson’s article on the randy tendencies of young male CPACers who should know better now that they’re out of college, Clouthier argues that the women need to behave themselves as well.

“Women will be future leaders, too, and I was dismayed to see how many of them either looked frumpish or like two-bit whores,” Clouthier said of CPAC females. “[H]ave 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.”

This kind of name calling is callous, unnecessary, and unwarranted. Rather than scold the girls in bandeau-skirts or stilettos, Clouthier should provide these young ladies with constructive criticism if she really wants to see them demonstrate a higher level of self-worth and become respectable members of society. Using verbally abusive language isn't helpful. Clouthier, of course, is far from the first woman to disparage female CPACers. Karen at The Lonely Conservative blasted the “scantily-clad” “ho[es]” of the event and even had the audacity to suggest writers would only be granted access to bloggers’ lounge in the future if they dressed down. This not only shows a lack of respect for CPAC attendees and reporters, but for the people who work tirelessly to keep the event together.

Laura Donovan

Laura Donovan is writer living in New York City. She has previously worked for Townhall and the Daily Caller.