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Economy Will Affect Your Wedding or Divorce
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Economy Will Affect Your Wedding or Divorce

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.

Recession Hits Buy-A-Bride Agencies
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Recession Hits Buy-A-Bride Agencies

First prostitution, and now services that match men with young brides are taking a hit due to the ebbing economy. In Singapore, shaky markets and diminished bank accounts have single men looking to save their cash rather than dole out for a bride. Matchmaking services, like these two featured in a Reuters article, can cost thousands of dollars, not including the wedding itself.

Why Men Really Like Prostitutes
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Why Men Really Like Prostitutes

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.

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Spending $ on Sex

Nookie? It's gonna cost you. But whether that cost is in the form of condoms, taxi rides, or that wonderful social lubricant known as Pabst Blue Ribbon is up to you. Nerve.com asked nine people to track their sex-related budgets for one month and the results range from 0$ to hundreds of dollars per week.

Less Money = More Sex?
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Less Money = More Sex?

The Alpha Consumer reports that one in five adult Americans admits to drinking more, 17 percent say they are smoking more, and 19 percent report increased sexual activity since the economy's taken a turn for the worse. And, move over crack, booze and babies: Lemondrop is crowning sex this season's hottest celeb addiction. It is, presumably, cheaper than the other three, after all.

Less Money = More Sex?
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Less Money = More Sex?

The Alpha Consumer reports that one in five adult Americans admits to drinking more, 17 percent say they are smoking more, and 19 percent report increased sexual activity since the economy's taken a turn for the worse. And, move over crack, booze and babies: Lemondrop is crowning sex this season's hottest celeb addiction. It is, presumably, cheaper than the other three, after all.

Economic Crash Affects Prostitutes
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Economic Crash Affects Prostitutes

Debauchette, you might remember, is the courtesan (she prefers the term "whoretesan," heehee) and blogger, who came to national attention when Diane Sawyer interviewed her earlier this year in the wake of the Eliot Spitzer scandal. Yesterday she wrote that three of her clients have called this week to make sure she's financially solvent. In case you're wondering too, she is. "I’m fine. I saved. I saw it coming. I live modestly," she's been telling the concerned men.

Recession Entertainment: Romance Novels
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Recession Entertainment: Romance Novels

I hear "romance novel" and a few things spring immediately to mind: Fabio, bad prose and women sitting in La-Z-Boys, smoking Virginia Slims in their housecoats. I'm not talking about soapy chick lit or emotional love tales, like those that Nicholas Sparks writes. I'm talking about the kind that use verbs like throbbing and aching and feature topless hunks on the cover. While the book business continues to falter, romance novels continue to sell. In fact, a 2004 market analysis showed that the romance genre accounted for 40 percent of all books sold that year. With this in mind, I decided it's time to stop judging these books by their covers and take a peek inside.