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Brooklyn Pol to Hold Event Teaching Women to 'Walk Like a Model'

A photo submitted to the website City & State shows the offending flier.
A photo submitted to the website City & State shows the offending flier.
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SOUTHERN BROOKLYN — It's charm school, Brooklyn style.

A Southern Brooklyn politician is holding an event to teach women "Posture, Deportment and the Feminine Presence," according to an official mailer being sent around his district.

The event, sponsored by State Sen. Marty Golden, will also reportedly teach women about "handshakes and introductions," according to the mailer.

"Sit, stand and walk like a model. Walk up and down a stair elegantly....and much more," Golden's website initially read.

The event is being held on July 24 at 6 p.m., at the Bay Ridge Manor, which is run by Patrick and Celia Gordon, the politician's brother and wife, according to state records.

But not all women find the "Polished Professional summer series" — first reported by City & State — particularly helpful.

"It's of course very ridiculous, but it's something we're not very surprised about from Marty Golden," Julie Kirshner, president of the Brooklyn-Queens chapter of the National Organization for Women, told DNAinfo.com New York. "You'd think there would be someone in his campaign who'd understand or realize that this would be embarrassing, and apparently there isn't."

The press release, which has now been changed to remove some of the more controversial language, indicates that the program would be taught by Phillipa Morrish of Etiquette Training International, which is described on its website as a "Finishing School Program dedicated to the etiquette and protocol skills necessary for success in the 21st century."

In response to the announcement, a Facebook event has popped up announcing a protest outside of the Bay Ridge Manor.

"Let's show Marty what the feminine presence really is," the event announces. "Bring out your Go Go Dancers, your Burlesque acts, your corsets, and of course, everything LGBTQ."

Golden's office did not respond to requests for comment by DNAinfo.com New York. A spokesman for Golden told City & State that the program was intended to add another skill set for women looking for work.

“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,” the spokesman, John Quaglione, told the website.

Liz Kreuger, a Democratic state senator from Manhattan, didn't see it that way.

"I have to say, I think that Marty Golden is completely out of touch with the reality for women in the 21st century," Krueger said of the announcement.  "He's going to help us by teaching us to walk by balancing a book on our heads."

"OK, it didn't actually say that," she allowed.