A little background first for those of you not up to speed on the women of DABA (Dating a Banker Anonymous). Earlier this week the New York Times profiled a group of women who had started a “support” website where they could complain to each other about how their “quality of life” has suffered now that their banker boyfriends find themselves out of work. The homepage of the website declares: “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.” Per the Times piece:
In addition to meeting once or twice weekly for brunch or drinks at a bar or restaurant, the group has a blog, billed as “free from the scrutiny of feminists,” that invites women to join “if your monthly Bergdorf’s allowance has been halved and bottle service has all but disappeared from your life.
Not surprisingly the article created an immediate uproar on the Internets, which was further compounded by rumors that the group of women had landed themselves a book deal (people we’ve talked to in publishing say the details on the deal, including whether it has actually happened, are still fuzzy). However over at NPR Linda Holmes isn’t buying any of it! She thinks the whole thing is some elaborate hoax.
**UPDATE** The Times responds to Holmes’ assertion, after the jump.