So while we're on the subject of websites that make me scratch my head... I present to you: DABA Girls. If you're wondering what this is, I shall give you their exact description (emphasis mine):

Are you or someone you love dating a banker? If so, we are here to support you through these difficult times. Dating A Banker Anonymous (DABA) is a safe place where women can come together – free from the scrutiny of feminists – and share their tearful tales of how the mortgage meltdown has affected their relationships. DABA Girls was started by two best friends whose relationships tanked with the economy. Not knowing what else to do, we did what frustrated but articulate girls have done since the beginning of time - we started a blog. So if your monthly Bergdorf’s allowance has been halved and bottle service has all but disappeared from your life, lighten your heart with laughter and email your stories to dabagirls@gmail.com. Warning all stories sent will be infused with our own special brand of DABA Girl humor.

At first I thought this must be some sort of joke. But, sadly, I don't think it is. Not only did it seem legit upon reading the few posts I could bear skimming through, but they're even in the freakin Times!

What is going on? My brain is starting to go numb with all this bad news and weird shit I keep finding out there. I just want to curl up into a ball and cry my eyes out.

...Or curse these women out for pissing me off. If they honestly thought they'd be free from the scrutiny of feminists, clearly they don't know who they're dealing with. I'm sure they just crave the attention (seems like they would, right?), but I'll play into their hands with this one. I'm just too f'n upset not to.

1) Seriously? There are people DYING because of this crisis. D-Y-I-N-G. They are dead.
2) Even sadder than the concept of this website (if you can imagine something sadder than that), is the "Us" page. Oh my heavens... Ending any description of yourselves with your height and words like "glamorous" and "perfectly proportioned" is just depressing, even if it's meant to be jokingly or tongue-in-cheek.
3) Just as sad are the men these women end up with. To quote my friend: "don't like feminism and strong, independent women? sure thing, sugar daddy, here comes just what you ordered."
4) I didn't want to have to go there... but this has privilege written all over it. White privilege. Class privilege. Basically, every freaking type of privilege you can imagine.
5) Personally, they remind me of the girls I avoided in junior high b/c their priorities were out of wack and they made me want to be asexual and never pursue relationships with other human beings ever again.


There is also a quote in the NYT article that I just couldn't help but respond to: "This recession just bought everyone an extra two years of the single life."

Oh, whatever will you do with those extra years?! Ooh! Pick me! I have some ideas!!
1) Get a real job. Make your own money.
2) Get a hobby. Like working at a soup kitchen, or volunteering at an after school program in an inner-city school.
3) Use the rest of your spare time to get therapy and build up your self esteem.
4) Read some of the enlightening texts you seem to be avoiding like the plague. You can start slow if you'd like and just read sociological texts. Work your way through the Black/Latino/Asian/Native America/Ethnic Studies sections. Then take a stab at the Gender Studies and maybe even the LGBT Studies sections.
5) Make new friends. Preferably ones who make about the same amount of money you do.


I am just too tired to think straight anymore. What is this world coming to?

4 comments:

At Wed Jan 28, 03:22:00 PM Renee said...

Once again I am not at all surprised. This is what happens in a society that values the individual over the community. People have a skewed sense of what is valuable and our society continually promotes the idea that material items out weigh people. The good news is that this rich capitalist men end up with the women that they deserve. Honestly both sides deserve each other.

 
At Wed Jan 28, 03:40:00 PM Angelos said...

You'll love this link:
http://www.twine.com/item/11tgl8lc1-jm/bash-compactor-getting-laid-off-is-still-getting-laid

 
At Wed Jan 28, 03:50:00 PM frau sally benz said...

Angelos' link isn't working, I'm assuming this is what you were pointing to. This link was just what I needed to avoid bad news the rest of this week. I will just watch funny clips online for at least the next 24 hours.

 
At Mon Feb 02, 04:49:00 PM feministblogproject said...

Not knowing what else to do, we did what frustrated but articulate girls have done since the beginning of time - we started a blog.

Blogs have been around since the beginning of time?

 

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