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Dating a Banker: New York Times hoax?

Yesterday’s New York Times had a story about a group of women who have banded together for support during this time of financial crisis. Are they worried about losing their jobs? Or how to make ends meet? Nope. They are worried about how the stock market impacts their investment-banker boyfriends.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/28/nyregion/28daba.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all

In addition to meeting once or twice weekly for brunch or drinks at a bar or restaurant, the group has a blog, billed as “free from the scrutiny of feminists,” that invites women to join “if your monthly Bergdorf’s allowance has been halved and bottle service has all but disappeared from your life.”

Theirs is not the typical 12-step program.

Step 1: Slip into a dress and heels. Step 2: Sip a cocktail and wait your turn to talk. Step 3: Pour your heart out. Repeat as needed.

Aside from the immediate “Wait, women work in the finance world, too!” argument, the flip and over-the-top nature of these comments made me skeptical:

On the blog, the objects of their affections — and disdain — are referred to as F.B.F.’s, for Financial-Guy Boyfriends. Financial news is conveyed via a color-coded daily warning system: red, when the Dow fell 300 points on Oct. 6 (“Good night to have dinner with your girlfriends and do laundry”); yellow, when Warren Buffet invested $3 billion in General Electric (“Good night to hang out with your F.B.F.”); green on Jan. 21, in honor of President Obama’s hope.

There are only about 30 women involved in this group. The blog (http://dabagirls.wordpress.com/2008/09/) doesn’t get a whole lot of traffic or comments — and there are no comments before January 2009.

From the New York Times

Plus a friend of mine did a bit of sleuthing to discover that the http://www.dabagirls.com domain appears to have been registered only two weeks ago — and the homepage links to comedy blogs.

Did the venerable New York Times get hoaxed?

Blogs on NPR certainly seem to think so: http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2009/01/is_dating_a_banker_anonymous_f.html

But Fashionista is reporting that these ladies have a book deal: http://fashionista.com/2009/01/dabas_get_a_book_deal.php

Oy.

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January 29, 2009 - Posted by | A Day in the Life, Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman's Guide to True Love

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