Sunday, February 1, 2009

For Richer, But Not For Poorer

Today's edition of Haveil Havalim is up at Ima on the Bima's.

The massive layoffs that are affecting Wall Street are having an unintended consequence. According to this NY Times article, the wives and girlfriends of investment bankers, stockbrokers, and corporate executives are finding that the stress of a failing economy is leading to the failure of their relationships. Apparently, these women are very upset that their husbands/boyfriends can no longer supply them with no-limit credit cards, expensive spa treatments, and luxury trips and dinners out. ("It's not what I signed up for" said one woman.)
In order to more efficiently complain about this blow to their lifestyles, a group of "Wall Street widows" has started a blog called Dating A Banker Anonymous, "a safe place where women can come together – free from the scrutiny of feminists– and share their tearful tales of how the mortgage meltdown has affected their relationships." The posts are absolutely hysterical, but the underlying tone of dependent, demanding women is really off-putting.
I keep imagining a Jewish version of this: "Ladies, has your husband's kollel cut back on his monthly stipend? Are you being forced to buy non-matching outfits for little Suri, Chaya, Gitty and Shprintzy? Are you no longer able to have your sheitel blown out every month? Share your tearful tale at!"


Jew Wishes said...

Maybe some of the wives will finally get the true meaning of relationships and caring, vs money.

Who knows. I somehow doubt it, though.

Thanks for the links.

Garnel Ironheart said...

I guess this means dating a banker is now a profession hard hit by the recession?

Anonymous said...

I like your comparison!

Ilana-Davita (from work)