The economy appears to be a real bummer. But fear not, we're hear with some fun and free tips. Make it a game night. While not a novel idea, it should only be done with a few really important rules in mind. Figure out how to rev up your heart with a little competition and maybe a little trash talk.
According to an article in Forbes this week, the answer is yes. Writes Susan Adams, "Layoffs, furloughs and shrinking 401(k)s may not seem like natural aphrodisiacs, but according to experts in relationships and sex, the depressed financial picture is leading some couples—and singles—to better appreciate each other."
Going on vacation is a serious luxury in this down economy. Instead of complaining about it, you could take a staycation. Or you could get a free hotel stay by house-swapping with a friend. Here are tips on how to make your house-swap a successful and stress-free vacation (plus fun and free).
The dwindling, Great Depression-era economy has forced the state of Maine to be Practical Polly's about this whole gay marriage fiasco. Money talks, folks. Big time. And The Williams Institute of Law in Los Angeles, CA thinks the state could earn $60 million in a three years. So where exactly is this $60 million coming from? From wedding rings, to wedding attire, to parties, hotel bookings, honeymoon tickets and vacation clothes. Name it, the gays and lesbians would surely do it. Regardless, even if the couples had no desire for a ceremony, party or vacation, at the very least they would need marriage certificates. From marriage certificates alone, the state thinks they could generate $539, 193 just from their own citizens.
According to the Washington Post, sugar daddies are bearing a terrible cross now that the market has gone from black to red. "It's been incredibly stressful for me," one recently downsized man says. "I was so used to using my financial situation to leverage my dating." Now what is he supposed to do? Date non-gold diggers? Are they even pretty?
Last year we reported that tough economic times make long-distance relationships more difficult. As people struggle to make ends meet, finding cash for phone bills and plane fare has become more difficult. Well, ironically, in addition to making LDRs harder to sustain, the financial collapse has also made them more common. According to this weekend's New York Times, "commuter marriages," in which married couples live apart, are trending up, as the tough economy forces people to take jobs in far-flung locales, away from their spouses and in some instances, children.
Apparently, in this economy the first things to go are standards for personal grooming. Women are having a more difficult time justifying the Brazilian wax and everything's going all screwy. But it doesn't have to be this way. There are options. The naysayers win if we let pubic hair run amok.
You know the economy is in big time trouble when truckers are spending less in Nevada brothels. The legal prostitution industry has reported a slump since the economy has faltered. This is causing Nevada brothels to offer freebies and bonuses, which equates to some very poor sex workers in the process. Many are reporting six-figure losses in 2008.
A bad economy takes a toll on marriage. Whether your spouse has lost a job, your stock portfolio has lost value or you're unable to pay your mortgage, financial crises can create new pressures within a marriage and exacerbate old ones. With couples facing so much stress, you'd think that the divorce rate would go up during times of economic hardship—in fact it's just the opposite. According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, divorce rates go down in a bad economy. In new survey conducted by the divorce attorney's organization, 37% of respondents said they manage fewer divorce cases during an economic downturn; 19% said the see an increase.
When you get down to basics, marriage is about money. Pounding hearts, sweet nothings and lazy Sundays in bed are all well and good, but legally, a marriage creates one financial entity where there once were two. So it makes sense that the economic downturn would affect all stages of marriage, from the beginnings (the wedding) to the end (divorce). The New York Times proves this point in two style pieces this weekend.
I'm a social liberal, a product of my New England upbringing who thinks government can be run by professional Robin Hoods who redistribute wealth and carefully protect civil liberties. She is a fiscal conservative who thinks that the free market should be upheld at all costs. She's no war hawk, but she's no pacifist either. She thinks wars should be fought with hostile takeovers and marketing blitzes. I called her a robber baron, and she called me a socialist lite. They were like pet names. It's our luck that we met during the reign of Bush. We were equally disgusted by the ruling executive. Sure, we had different points of attack: I was horrified by the assault on civil liberties, while Karen was more concerned by the fiscal incompetence and costly doctrine of interventionism (she was, and still is, one of the few true isolationists I know). But we had a common enemy, and that allowed us to overlook the differences. But it was just that: an oversight.
You don't have to be former Gov. Eliot Spitzer's $1,000-a-night "friend" Ashley Dupre to be fretful of how Wall Street's plummet is effecting one sector of working girls: Slate.com wonders "What the Financial Crisis Means For High End Prostitutes?" But what author Sudhir Venkatesh (who wrote the memoir, Gang Leader For a Day, which I'm told is incredible) discovered about high-end sex workers in hard economic times may surprise you: many pink-slipped former captains of industry (also known as Big Swinging D*cks) don't want sex; they just need the proverbial shoulder to cry on. Comfort, not condoms.