Quote of the Day: “What’s a pretty girl like you doing reading those?”

I guess someone didn’t get the memo about the existence of female reporters?

Ed Hartzog, a Community Board 8 member who once worked for Anthony Weiner’s campaign, has not widely publicized his candidacy, but he has raised nearly $8,000 since throwing his hat into the ring about a month ago, according to documents listed on the New York City Campaign Finance Board website. About half the donations have come from out of state, the documents show.

When a DNAinfo.com New York reporter asked about the campaign finance documents recently, Hartzog replied, “What’s a pretty girl like you doing reading those?”

Asked about his comments later, he added, “I hope for goodness sake that my flippant comment isn’t going to be part of the story. I was just sort of being something. I hope you didn’t take offense by that. I didn’t mean to be offensive.”

LOL. “I was just sort of being something.” Um, I believe “sexist” is the word you’re searching for there, buddy.

It’s not that surprising that a politician would make this comment, but it is a little bit surprising he’d think it wouldn’t make it into the story. Journalists–even those “pretty girl” ones–tend to jump all over a ridiculous statement like that.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://sylviadlucas.com Sylvia D. Lucas

    Makes me think of a Hustler commercial I saw last night. Pretty young woman and a mime take their marks to make a commercial. The mime is pulling a rope next to the woman, and a male voice behind the camera asks the woman (to the best of my recollection), “What’s the mime doing?”

    “He’s in a box!” she says.

    The mime stops what he’s doing and looks at her like she’s stupid.

    He repeats the rope-pulling action, and the she’s prompted again to describe what he’s doing.

    “He’s in a BIG box!” she says.

    Now the mime looks at her like she’s a fucking idiot.

    Voiceover says, again to the best of my recollection, “They’re not rocket scientists. And we’re okay with that.”

  • http://feministing.com/members/sonofadiddly/ Lindsey Weedston

    Part of the story? Ed, you just created a whole new story.

    There goes his career. I hope.

  • http://feministing.com/members/shasty/ emmie

    “I was just sort of being something.” ? What the heck does that even mean? That makes no sense. Yeah, you were “being something” alright… A misogynist jerk, plain and simple.