Blog charts woes of Wall St bankers dates

Written by Reuters | Los Angeles | Updated: Feb 1 2009, 04:55am hrs
Their clothing allowance has been halved, they've had to fire their personal trainers and their sex lives have tanked.

They're the once-pampered now highly disgruntledwomen partners of US bankers and they're speaking out about how the financial meltdown has changed their lives and their relationships. Dating A Banker Anonymous (http://dabagirls.wordpress.com), a blog started by two New Yorkers, has made waves on the blogosphere this week with its tales of woe.

The venture has sparked a feminist backlash, suspicions of a marketing stunt, and hilarity over accounts of weekends in Europe and opera tickets being traded for gloomy nights at home with anxious bankers who are fixated by TV financial news.

"The sitter's hours are cut, both the family and my private credit card are cut in half, and I'm switching from having my facials and massages in my earthy, yoga-and-wine serving downtown spa to a midtownbeen-in-business-forever place with ladies in cubbies wearing pink jackets and lots of make-up giving facials only," says one entry from Cathy, who wrote about life in Manhattan with a banker husband whose income was cut in January by 75%. The blog is described as a "a safe place where women can come togetherfree from the scrutiny of feministsand share their tearful tales of how the mortgage meltdown has affected their relationships."

Comments on the blog in recent days ranged from sympathy, accusations of heartless gold digging, scorn from feminists and laughter at what some presume is satire in a era when Wall Street's excesses are facing plenty of mockery.

In a blog on the National Public Radio website, Linda Holmes suspected the venture was a publicity stunt aimed at getting its creators a TV show or book deal. "My guess is that the women are setting themselves up for a kind of reality-show Confessions Of A Shopaholic book, real-but-not-real, and ... whatever, they're not hurting anyone," Hunt wrote on Thursday.