Protestors lash out against Sen. Golden's 'walk like a model' seminar

Critics: Golden shows his age with 'Walk like a model' seminar

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More men than women protested state Sen. Marty Golden’s panned “feminine presence” seminar on Tuesday — even though it had been cancelled weeks earlier — claiming that the five-term legislator has an antiquated outlook on gender roles.

Holding signs reading, “The Golden Rule: Discriminate” protestors outside of Golden’s Fifth Avenue office — 10 men and eight women according to our count — said that the legislator’s proposed taxpayer-funded seminar where women were invited to learn how to “sit, stand, and walk like a model” and “walk up the stairs elegantly” proves that he’s completely out of touch with his female constituents.

“If Marty Golden wanted to help women or anyone else in today’s economic climate, he should have organized a seminar to help with resume writing, networking or job interview training,” said Jeannie May, treasurer of the Bay Ridge Democrats Club. “Instead he wants to teach women how to walk and up down a staircase.”

Most said they were insulted by Golden’s tax-payer funded seminar, especially since Golden failed to pass the Fair Pay Act in Albany, a bill that would guarantee equal wages for male and female state employees.

Other protestors were simply showing support for the women in their lives.

“My girlfriend came out for the protest,” said Chris McCreight, campaign manager for Golden’s democratic opponent, Andrew Gounardes, who also made an appearance at the protest. “She’d kill me if I didn’t come.”

Golden (R–Bay Ridge) cancelled the event after criticisms of the seminar went viral and everyone from the Village Voice to Comedy Central mocked the class.

He closed his office for the day before the 6:30 pm rally, so neither the senator nor any of his staff saw any of the protestors.

Yet the Senator said he was happy that his opponents were focusing on what he considers a non-story.

“I hope they spend a whole lot of time on it,” Golden told Capital New York earlier this week, adding that his constituents cared more about issues like jobs, education, and transportation than his seminar gaffe.

Despite the protests, some thought the class would have helped Bay Ridge women become more ladylike.

“Nine times out of 10 young women are going to be interviewing in front of a male, and they need to know how to sit,” said Arlene Keating, executive secretary of he Bay Ridge Community Council. “What’s the big brouhaha about?”

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at (718) 260–4507 or e-mail him at Follow him on Twitter at
Updated 5:34 pm, July 9, 2018
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Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
Really people. Marty Golden's time is up. Bigot, misognist, homophobe. Brooklyn deserves better.
July 27, 2012, 1:32 pm
No Wall on Shore Rd from Shore Rd says:
Go Marty!!! We love ya Marty and wish you all the best in your re-election. Those hacks standing outside your office are a disgrace to Bay Ridge.
July 27, 2012, 2:56 pm
Old time brooklyn from Slope says:
Many of the young women really do need hoe to dress and carry themselve (who are you going to hire Snooke or Audrey Hepburn) - I see the platform pigeons at the bank dressed like last call - not a disgrace at all - he is addressing an issue that many young women and men cannot carry themselves
July 27, 2012, 10:17 pm
Spotless Mind from Bay Ridge says:
Where did Arlene Keating get her statistics "nine times out of 10, a woman will be interviewing before a man and needs to know how to sit?"
Executive Secretary of the irrelevant and outdated Bay Ridge Community Council is not a credential to be bandied about, lol.
July 28, 2012, 9:41 am
K. from ArKady says:
Shut up and know your role, Arlene Keating. The men are having a discussion here.
July 28, 2012, 11:40 am
Uncle Joe Dunney from Shore Hill says:
For insulting my friend Arlene you are not men, if I had the chance I would impale you both on the Shore Rd Fence, then I would remove you, hang you from your heels from the 69th St pier and after you are nearly drowned carry your battered bodies up the Bliss Park hill and hurl you down from its highest point.
July 28, 2012, 1:15 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Marty doesn't know what party he belongs to either - hard to find his party affiliation.

Republican of Opportunity, member of the Marty Golden Party. (I Got Mine!)
July 28, 2012, 6:39 pm
K. from ArKady says:
@UncleJoe : U mad Bro?
July 28, 2012, 9:20 pm
bobby says:
Sounds like the staff at Shore Hill forgot to put the pills in Uncle Joe"s applesauce. Go back to bed, Uncle joe.
July 31, 2012, 4:45 am
ed from bay ridge says:
To 'old time brooklyn' -- if "many young women and men cannot carry themselves," why didn't Golden schedule walk-like-a-model classes for men?
Aug. 3, 2012, 10:49 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
ed = at least the guys dont have the 'ladies' hanging out or go for the snookie look - bay ridge chicks are almost as bad as the cujinettes from b-hurst. . The receptionist should look the part and not like a booker in a cat house.
Aug. 6, 2012, 8:24 am

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