July 3, 2012

Know why you can't get a job?

Because you can't walk and sit like a model.

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.”
Secret confession time: I would love to take an etiquette class. I want someone to teach me how to move gracefully and ballroom dance and use the right fork.

But having it paid for by the state government, and telling young women that their failure to walk up and down a stair elegantly is what's keeping them from getting a job, rather than, you know, the shit economy or the disadvantages that women still face in employment?

Is pretty fail.

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