Times are tough all over. A man in Europe was just sent to jail for swindling a measly $12 million from women in Europe. That's chump change to Bernie Madoff but the Helf Sgarbi didn't use complex financial tools for his fraud. The Swiss Gigolo used old-fashioned sex appeal. And when that failed sex tapes and blackmail. He's going to jail now.
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?
You know you might be a candidate for Dating A Banker Anonymous if you've suffered any of the following: a. Your Bergdorf's allowance has been halved. b. Bottle service has all but disappeared from your life. c. You depend on your boyfriend for the above indulgences. Such is the premise of the support group and blog that two ex-girlfriends of Wall Street types started after the market—and then their relationships—plunged. When they noticed other women complaining about the enhanced thriftiness, neediness and emotional instability of their banker boyfriends, they decided the girlfriends (dare we call them gold diggers?) needed some newfound support of their own. At informal meetings over cocktails, groups of twentysomething women gather to lament their downtrodden or unemployed I-banking men.
Kanye West is unhappily single. Who hasn't been there? Unfortunately for the rapper he wants to get married. Since his split with model Alexis Phifer, the polytalent has had no luck and has bumped into his fair share of haters and gold diggers. The community needs to band together to help Kanye find his Queen-yay.
It's been a long, exciting trip for John Mayer. Back in the day he was just a dude who liked to rock out on his guitar, a real regular guy. Then the fame came and brought the ladies. He dated his way through Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson, and Minka Kelly but really hit the A-List with Jennifer Aniston. And he picked up a lot of grief from the media and general populace on his meteoric climb. Word like lothario, douchebag, and gold digger were lobbed at the singer-songwriter. But maybe he just never stopped being a regular guy. Ever think of that, smart guy?
Cathy Hanauer is the editor of The Bitch in the House. Daniel Jones is the editor of The Bastard on the Couch. They have been married for 14 years and together they provide a his and hers take on questions about sex, love, dating and relationships. This round: financial inequality. Question: I'm a professional with a good salary. I really love my boyfriend of five months, but he works in the nonprofit world, and it seems like he’ll never make a lot of money. To me, that’s a flaw in an otherwise perfect guy. But should I allow it to be a deal breaker? –Mina, 33
In college it occurred to me that, if I wanted to, I could be rich when I grew up. No, there wasn't a "Eureka!" moment where I thought I might become an i-banker, a corporate lawyer or an arms dealer. What I mean is I realized I could marry somebody rich. I grew up pretty class-oblivious, sheltered within an upper-middle class Connecticut bubble. But in college, I looked around my social circle at my law- and med school-bound classmates, as well as old friends from the suburbs who were on similar tracks. Suddenly I realized these kids would have money when they grew up. True, I may fall in love with a musician or another writer. We'll be broke-ass starving artists, bouncing rent checks and forgoing health insurance together! Or maybe I'll join the Peace Corps, flit about the world seeking adventures and love affairs, and be my niece's "cool aunt" who never marries at all.
Sugardaddie.com has helped thousands of Sugar Daddies share the fruits of their labor with Sugar Babes in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia since 2002. A Sugar Daddie/Babe relationship is a "close, yet non-committed relationship with an affluent man who is a mentor/benefactor or friend to a woman," says the site. If users seek men or women as rich in romance as in, well, riches, they can say so on their profile, which include photos and standard stats such as age, location, and occupation.
A Current TV reporter recently hit the streets of London two days in a row in search of free goods and services: cab rides, slices of cake, drinks. The first day she dolled herself up in a form-fitting dress, makeup, blown-out hair and heels. The second day, she hit the streets in the "dowdy" version of herself: long skirt and loose-fitting blouse, no makeup, hair pulled back. As evolved as we try to be, humans are still suckers for good-looking members of the species. This is why the line between trophy wife and gold digger is often blurred. If someone is attractive, people are willing to give that person things no digging required.
Donald Trump came out and said it. Dudes that are successful have more sex drive. The rest of the men of the world are contemplating what to do next: play more video games, start Katherine Heigl fansites, or just join a monastery and call it quits. This is a sad, sad day for the other 98%.
Years after Kanye West's hit single "Gold Digger" ripped up dance floors, gold digging has hit the papers once again. Sweet little Audrey Tautou, from the film "Amelie," stars in "Priceless," a French film that opens this week in London. In it she plays a woman who selects her boyfriends based on one thing: money. One film hardly screams "TREND!" However, London's Daily Mail is noted for their scaremongering articles about sexual politics (women think about shopping as much as men think about sex, John McCain ditched his disabled wife for hot babe Cindy, etc.) But this time, the paper takes a surprisingly (for them) feminist stance against gold digging.
The UK has long resisted the siren call of the prenup. But after national treasure Sir Paul McCartney had to pay that harpy like $50 million they're rethinking things. So it may be a lot tougher to make a go of it in the divorce capital of the world, gold diggers
Have you ever thought that it might just be easier to drop out of your masters program and start sleeping with older men for money? If you have, you're not alone. An intrepid writer decided to go into the mile-a-minute world of online sugar daddies. It turns out that they're not all Richard Gere (in a bad way). So, an attractive woman has a choice; work hard and make peanuts or have some slob push on and off of you for $100,000 a year.
A British woman divorcing her fourth rich man is getting nothing in this one. She managed to get roughly $36 million from her first three husbands but had her most recent prenup upheld. Can't win 'em. And this may make others think twice about getting a divorce in the so-called divorce capital of the world, the UK.