Jul 052012

The flyer for Marty Golden’s Ladyclass (photo: cityandstateny.com, used with permission)

The funniest thing you’ll read, from Victoria Bekiempis of the Village Voice:

“I, for one, cannot emphasize how necessary this is: as I was churning butter this morning and dipping the day’s candles, I came to realize that today’s young women are simply too spirited to succeed in the business world — they don’t pay enough deference to the rules of polite society rightfully established by their fathers, brothers, and clergymen.”

The most important thing you’ll read, from Jessica Wakeman of The Frisky (which also has the best photo you’ll see on the subject):

“I won’t disagree that professional comportment is a key skill in these economic times. Not just in these economic times even — of course it’s important to know proper manners in a business setting, such as proper handshaking. Unemployed folks in the State Senator’s district may never have learned these skills in high school or higher education like some of us did…

But professional comportant is different from feminine comportment.  Women should be able to choose how they display their femininity — or not display it — themselves. This event is teaching gendered skills — er, ‘skills’ — like how to ‘walk like a model.’ I’m not suggesting that women or men should slouch in job interviews or chew gum or any of those other mistakes people make; I am saying it’s sexist to suggest women learn how be more stereotypically womanly as a means of getting a job.”

The most predictable apologist statement that you’ll read, from Arlene Keating as reported by Will Bredderman of the Bay Ridge Courier:

“Nine times out of ten young women are going to be interviewing in front of a male, and they need to know how to sit… What’s the big brouhaha about?”

Best reader comment of the day, posted to a story by Ned Berke of Sheepshead Bites:

“how about a seminar for marty goldman on how to retire with grace and dignity”

And lastly, from Senator Golden’s office itself:

“Each year, Senator Golden holds several well received events to provide options to his constituents for personal and business development. Our upcoming event, which we have chosen not to hold, is similar to ones being organized by other elected officials, as well as classes conducted in local high schools. The Senator’s support of legislation and programs to help create jobs for all New Yorkers is a matter of public record, and we will be holding future events to assist them in finding and keeping a job.”

  • http://twitter.com/insurancementor Eunice Halstead

    As a successful female business executive in the financial industry for over 20 years, I can tell you I got there ‘being one of the boys’. I wear pant suits, go drinking with my colleagues and even enjoy the occassional cigar. While I am naturally feminine, learning how to swim with the sharks has done great things for my career. Times are different now, women need to embrace the fact that we can go as far as we want in business, and since it is still a “man’s world” out there, sometimes we have to think and even act a little like them. If you want to be a model, learn to walk like a model. If you want to be an executive, learn to “swim with the sharks” and how to think like a man.