Democrats were routinely vilified at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference for the “insult” of acknowledging that women might have sex for nonprocreative purposes and therefore would like things like abortion rights and contraception coverage. But CPAC, like all other conferences that involve socializing and alcohol consumption, is still a place where sex for nonprocreative purposes is on many attendees’ minds. The annual CPAC struggle between the political need to demagogue over how all of the sex is destroying America and the urge to get some has been the source of some very public angst in the past, most notably Erick Erickson griping in 2012 about seeing young conference attendees buy condoms without displaying the levels of shame he felt the occasion called for.
Emily Crockett of RH Reality Check decided to ask some of this year’s younger attendees about the contradiction. She asked University of Virginia student Abigail Welborn if there’s still a belief that one should wait for sex until marriage among young conservatives, and Welborn replied, “It’s definitely kind of an ideal, but I think we’re realistic enough to see that it doesn’t always happen, and there’s nothing really wrong with that.” What does happen?
Welborn recalled a conversation with a “random guy” who wasn’t hitting on her, but who said, “ ‘Oh yeah, I’m gonna hook up with five women.’ And I was like, whoa. That’s not what I thought of when I came to CPAC. I thought, politics, opportunity!”
She got a similar assessment from a male student.