‘Bond Girl’ Talk and Groping: Albany’s Toxic Culture for Women

Sydney Ember, J. David Goodman and Luis Ferré-Sadurní at the New York Times:

A legislative aide in New York’s state capital grabbed the thigh of a lobbyist so hard at a fund-raiser that he left finger-shaped bruises on her skin. A top official at a state agency projected a picture of a colleague in a bikini for all to see in a meeting she was attending.

Another lobbyist described a legislator touching her thighs and feeling her chest in his State Assembly office. And a state senator said a male colleague told her she looked “like a Bond girl” as they sat near each other in the chamber.

Andrew Cuomo’s predatory and misogynistic behavior sent a signal to men in Albany that being a douchebag is OK.