Feminazism runs in my family

This story broke while I was still in Europe, so you may have already heard of it:

Republican state Sen. Marty Golden’s office was planning career-development classes for his “female constitutients,” where participants will “‘refresh’ their knowledge of what’s new in 21st century business etiquette and social protocol.”

“POSTURE, DEPORTMENT, AND THE FEMININE PRESENCE: walking with books on the head are outdated,” part of the course description reads. “Women who walk from their power center. The art of feminine presence. Sit, stand and walk like a model. Walk up and down a stair elegantly……and much more.”

So why am I bringing it up now? Because my big brother is the campaign manager for Golden’s opponent, and I just had to share this wonderful quote from him:

“Tragically, this is Golden’s idea of the 21st Century woman,” Chris McCreight, campaign manager for Golden’s Democratic opponent, Andrew Gounardes, told Politicker. “This just goes to show that Marty Golden just doesn’t get it – either that or he lives in a cave and thinks Leave It to Beaveris a new reality show.”

Zing. Good job, Chris!


  1. baal says

    Republicans actually caring about career development qua career development is pretty bizarre. They just don’t think that way. I suppose I should qualify that as limited to (R) I’ve met, worked with or read/watched vids on (~several hundred?).

    As your brother suggests, this looks like so much of a dog whistle that women need to be told how to present. I also know a female lobbiest who was told by a male (R) recently that she’d be more professional if her hair was less ‘natural’ and more styled.

  2. Duke says

    It’s obviously some sort of feminazi parasite that easily spreads amongst familial units.

    Like toxoplasmosis, but awesome.

  3. Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven says

    …wow, isn’t he concerned about alienating the caveman vote?

    Or have we FINALLY found a democrat smart enough to realize that sucking up to people who won’t vote their way in any circumstances is pointless?

  4. carpenterman says

    “Women who walk from their power center.”
    What does that even mean?

  5. jenniferphillips says

    “Women who walk from their power center.”
    What does that even mean?

    Duh! Vagina, of course!

  6. Stevarious says

    Sit, stand and walk like a model.

    Really? Those poor models always look so miserable.

  7. Kate from Iowa says


    I have been at home for hours and I have tried and tried and tried, but I just cannot manage to squeeze an additional leg out of my vagina. I also can’t get the high heel to stay on. Any tips?

  8. carpenterman says

    Kate and jenniferphillips,

    Thank you for clearing that up. Also thanks for some wonderful mental images. Good grief.
    As for getting the high heel to stay on… have you tried… tried…
    Nope. Looking for the funny, but I’ve got nothing. Gross, yes. Funny, no.
    I’m sorry. I’ll shut up now.

  9. ik says

    Walk like a model? WTF? That doesnt even make any sense even in the context of somebody who wants to go back to 1950s creepyness.

  10. yoav says

    everyone seem to miss an impotent point, when Golden was talking about the 21st century he meant the 21st century BCE, that can explain his attitude.

  11. jenniferphillips says

    Ah, good guess, but no. It’s preferred that we walk to walk to the kitchen or within the kitchen, but not from the kitchen.

  12. jenniferphillips says

    I just cannot manage to squeeze an additional leg out of my vagina.

    An *additional* leg? *tsk* Iowans.

    I was thinking more metaphorically, á lá ‘speaking from the heart’, e.g.–you know, the kind of vagina-empowerment woo that Dr. Christiane Northrup-is so famous for.

    Jen from Kansas

  13. Sophia, Michelin-starred General of the First Mediterranean Iron Chef Batallion says

    Walk like a model, eh?
    So walk out wearing ridiculous shreds of cloth barely covering your body. Walk with a fast, exaggerated gait with jolting, swaying hip motions for about 12-15 metres, then pose like a shop mannequin, turn around and go back where you came from.

    Ah, now the power centre/kitchen/model thing comes together.

    Women should walk from their power centre (the kitchen), look good for their owner, turn around and walk right back in again.

    Clever, clever man.

  14. Midnight Rambler says

    “Walking with books on the head”? I thought people only did that in Africa? Don’t women in the US usually have bags?

  15. Dan M. says

    On my screen at least, the “Leave it to Beaver” in italics, followed by “is” in roman, causes the two to run together, making it easy to misread as “Leave it to Beavis”, which I think, despite how good Mr. McCreight’s comment is, would have been even more awesome.

  16. Diatryma says

    The great Cornholio! His bunghole will speak now! (well, that ought to make better sense than what Sen. Golden said, I guess).

  17. JM says

    All the while looking as if you only eat 3 lettuce leaves and a protein bar a day and smoke like a chimney to keep the hunger pangs at bay.

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