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Deportment Class Kickback? NY State Senator’s Family Benefits From TaxPayer-Funded Classes

Jodi Jacobson

An update on our story earlier today: New York State Senator Golden has cancelled his class to teach us gals how to get jobs. (Yes, I know, please contain your disappointment and act like a lady.) But now it turns out that the taxpayer funded event was being used to pay for a catering hall owned by Golden's family.

See our original story here.

As of this afternoon, public exposure of New York State Senator Marty Golden’s plan to use taxpayer funding to teach us gals how to be “feminine” appears to have been a bit overwhelming because Mr. Golden, who is anti-choice and anti-gay, among other things has canceled his class “Posture, Deportment, and the Feminine Presence,” according to Chris Bragg of City and State, which reported the original story.

Bragg reports that Golden has now removed references to the event teaching how to “Sit, Stand and Walk Like a Model” and how to “Walk up and down a stair elegantly” from his Senate website. The class was ostensibly intended to help women to get jobs… You know… the kind where the most important job skill is whether you “walk like a model.”

What I find interesting about the newest information is this nugget from Bragg:

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The event is being held in Bay Ridge Manor, the catering hall formerly owned by Golden, which is now owned by Golden’s brother and run by his wife.

So let me get this straight: An anti-tax, anti-public servant, anti-choice, anti-LGBT, anti-health reform GOP representative is using public funds to pay for events in his family-owned catering hall?

Is this the Deportment Kickback?

And just how many such taxpayer-funded events is GOP State Senator Golden hosting as a way of benefitting his family?

Bragg quotes Golden spokesman John Quaglione saying: “In these economic times, when so many people are out of work, and graduating with advanced degrees to set themselves apart in the workplace, events such as these are also important. Senator Golden hosts a multitude of events annually, and this is our first event of this kind, and we hope it to be successful and benefit those who attend.”

Yes, if you include among “those who attend” the family members that own the property being rented with taxpayer money to suggest to women that all they need to do to get a job is to shut up and look pretty.

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Anti-Gay New York GOP Rep to Teach Courses in “Feminine Elegance” to Help Women “Act Like Proper Ladies”

Jodi Jacobson

I would say this is "in the category of... you can't believe it," but these days there is nothing about today's GOP I can't believe anymore. An anti-gay New York GOP legislator has decided that women are not acting "feminine enough," so... he will teach us how to be feminine.

Thanks to colleague Rachel Sklar for the original tip on this piece. 

I would say this is in the category of… “you can’t believe it,” but these days there is nothing about today’s GOP I can’t believe anymore. From forced pregnancy, to forced ultrasounds (trans-vaginal or abdominal), to denial of care for rape victims, and denial of both health and pay inequities, the GOP is going out of its way to tell us exactly how they feel about women.

And now this: An anti-gay New York GOP legislator has decided that women are not acting “feminine enough,” so… he will teach us how to be feminine.

This is reported from Joe. My. God. 

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Anti-gay New York GOP state Sen. Marty Golden thinks women need to start acting like proper ladies. And he’s going to teach a class on how to do just that. City & State reports:

Later this month, Republican State Sen. Marty Golden’s office is holding a career-development event for women in his southern Brooklyn district teaching them “Posture, Deportment and the Feminine Presence.” That’s according to a taxpayer-funded mailing being sent out in Golden’s district, which an offended reader passed along. The taxpayer-funded event – presented by a “certified protocol consultant” – is part of a series teaching women in Brooklyn “what’s new in the 21st century as it relates to business etiquette and social protocol.” More details are also available on Golden’s Senate website, including the fact that women in attendance will be taught to, “Sit, stand and walk like a model,” how to, “Walk up and down a stair elegantly” and “Differences in American and Continental rules governing handshakes and introductions.”

According to Joe. My. God., “Golden says his classes are meant to help young women get jobs, therefore you are paying for it.”

Of course, assuming women need to be taught how to be “proper ladies” means to this guy that they should be quiet, demure, undemanding of their rights, available for sex whenever men demand it, willing to endure forced pregnancy and childbirth, submissive to their husbands and (white) male politicians and religious figures. And I am sure we should stop asking for things like pay equity.

In turn, I will be offering members of the GOP, Tea Party, fundamentalist right-wing nutcases, and those Blue Dog Democrats complicit in their agenda to attend a class on how not to be idiotic, sexist, misogynistic pigs, but something tells me that attendance will be low, because you’d have to have some measure of self-awareness to even decide you needed help.

And, somehow, I don’t think tax-payer funding would be available for said class. Just sayin’.