You may not believe in God, despite the apparent existence of the "God particle," but you might believe that Brooklyn state senator Marty Golden is God's gift to women.
Well, not to all women, maybe, but certainly to women who write scathing commentary pieces and know a fat pitch when they see one tossed out in all its tempting glory.
Because it seems that Senator Golden has offered -- at taxpayer expense -- to educate women on some professional skills that will help them navigate the tricky world of the workplace. His career-development workshop, called "Posture, Deportment and the Feminine Presence," would help women cross their legs properly, walk "like a model," and climb stairs with elegance.
The story on the Golden-sponsored seminar broke yesterday in City & State, which offers a smart morning news roundup, First Read. (City & State is edited by wunderkind Morgan Pehme, who was in Buffalo last month to help moderate the YWCA's Candidate College, a daylong forum for budding politicians -- a considerably more useful event than Golden's.)
Comedy Central got in on the fun, as did Elspeth Reeve for TheAtlanticWire.com, Erin Gloria Ryan for Jezebel, and Alexis Grenell for City & State, who wrote:
"Although presentation and a working knowledge of professional standards can mean the difference between a steady paycheck and a pink slip, it’s obviously not the biggest obstacle for working women today. If you want to take paid family leave to care for a sick relative or child, Senator Golden and the Republican conference can’t help you. If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who would directly benefit from an increase in the minimum wage, according to the Fiscal Policy Institute, Senator Golden can’t help you there either. Maybe you think it should be illegal for your employer to pay a man more than a woman for the same work? Tough luck. Last month, the State Senate concluded their work for the year without so much as a hearing on the Fair Pay Act."
However intrigued they may be, Western New York women shouldn't plan to head downstate for the charm workshop. For some crazy reason, it's just been canceled.