It was only a few weeks back that the New York Times introduced the world to the DABA Girls, and that the proletariat of the blogosphere nearly went ballistic. Pretty, young, and according to their webpage, accustomed to a "monthly Bergdorf's allowance…and bottle service," the gals said they formed Dating A Banker Anonymous because of their difficulties in coping with their sugar daddies' shrinking wallets.
Well, gentle readers, it turns out that a lot can happen in a few weeks. NPR raised doubts about the story. Newsweek found out directly from the members that their website and support group was fictionalized. The New York Times has indicated that they plan to issue an Editor's Note about how the DABA Girls misled them. And in the midst of all this, the not-quite-gold-diggers have hit real gold, signing contracts with big name agencies in Hollywood and New York publishing.
That being said, the story of rich men and the snotty, materialistic girls who stoically continue dating them even in these lean times is not over. In fact, some newspapers are still treating it like a serious issue.
Neil Walsh, whose Hugo Boss suit is (gasp) a year old and who, up until recently, was the director of a booming real estate company, tells the Post that the sheepish economy has forced him to completely reevaluate how he conducts himself romantically.
"It's been incredibly stressful for me," he says. "I was so used to using my financial situation to leverage my dating."
Among his former leveraging techniques: $240 tables at the Eighteenth Street Lounge and rounds of $15 martinis for everyone in his party. Today, Walsh isn't quite sure how to woo the beautiful gold diggers he prefers to keep company with.
"One of the first questions is: 'What do you do? You own your own company? How many people work for you? Are you working at home or do you go to an office?' They are literally sizing you up." But he wouldn't expect anything less of the women he's attracted to. "They can afford to be picky."