My two cents on “thigh-gate”

Skipper: “…We even missed the mini skirts!”

Gillian: “What are mini-skirts?”

Skipper: “You remember when we left women’s skirts were clear down to here, (indicates the knee) while we were gone they came up to here (indicates WAY up the leg), now they’re back down to here again. Gilligan, we missed from here to here!”

Rescue from Gilligan’s Island 1978

It is an invariable truth of CPAC that there is, every year, an inordinate number of incredible looking women dressed in a rather noticeable way.

As a man who is married, but not dead…this is not a fact that goes unnoticed.

This year at CPAC the skirts seemed to get higher MUCH higher to the point where I mentioned in passing: “Why bother even wearing a skirt? Just wear a bathing suit and be done with it.”

What really surprised me was all the debate that has come of this from Melissa Clothier, then Erick Erickson Robert Stacy McCain (twice), Dan Riehl Daily pundit, insty, Little Miss Attila, Lisa Graas and more.

There are three simple ways to look at this and I’m going to say them:

As a man: If women beautiful women choose to dress in a way that shows off their various assets I will notice them.

As a father: I suggest that if you are a college age woman at CPAC networking is good, but it might not be healthy to be hooking up with strangers at a national conference, no matter what their political affiliation.

As a person trying to carry himself as a gentleman:
I will do my best to not allow noticing a beautiful woman to override my dealings with her as a person or a blogger or a subject of an interview.

My advice to men is this: If a woman is so attractive as to be a distraction compliment the women on it right way and get it out-of-the-way, that way it won’t be on the back of your mind when doing other things.

My advice to women is this:
It’s not for me to tell you how to dress, but if you choose to dress in a way that makes men notice then 1. Don’t be surprised if men notice you. 2. Don’t be offended if they compliment you.

Oh and for the record, I know who Tina Korbe is and met her in passing but I don’t know really know her socially. I didn’t have time for the Santorum interview and didn’t even notice the length of her skirt one way or the other until it was pointed out to me. That she is an attractive woman is self-evident, that she is a fine writer has been amply proven from her work at Hotair and that’s really all that counts in this context.

In closing I’d like to congratulate her on her engagement may she and her future husband enjoy a lifetime of happy years together.

Update 2: Instalanche, and ponder this. I’ve posted a ton of stuff on CPAC, shot a bunch of interviews and dived into the middle of the occupods to provide useful content. And the most popular post on CPAC that I’ve written is this one…and it’s not even close.

Update 3: I see Stacy is getting some grief over his post. As a friend of his let me assure you that he does not believe Tina Korbe has done anything indecorous and had absolutely no intent to embarrass her in any way. I will personally vouch for Stacy’s good intentions here till the cows come home and then even after they’ve settled down in the barn for a light lunch.