Posts tagged "recession"

Teen To Pay Taxes On Her Virginity

There’s a follow-up to a story we told you about the other day. Alina Percea, the 18-year-old who auctioned her virginity to a wealthy Italian businessman for $13,600, may have to give 50% of her earnings to the government who say her act was “tantamount to prostitution.” The Romanian-born teenager lives in Germany where prostitutio…

By: Wendy Atterberry / May 22, 2009

Teen Auctions Her Virginity And Dishes The Deets

In case your first sexual experience wasn’t awkward enough, Alina Percea, the 18-year-old who auctioned her virginity on a German website to help pay for college, is dishing all the details of her experience. Proving he’s a real romantic, the 45-year-old Italian businessman whose $13,600 bid won the auction paid to fly Alina to Venice…

By: Wendy Atterberry / May 20, 2009

Pfizer To Give Out Free Viagra To The Unemployed

In this economy, a lot of people are suffering, but at least one corporate giant doesn’t think our sex lives should. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced it will give “free prescription drugs — including its anti-impotence drug, Viagra — to people who no longer have jobs and health insurance.” Pfizer is offering about 70 other prescriptio…

By: Wendy Atterberry / May 15, 2009

Would The Financial Crisis Have Happened If More Women Were In Charge?

As we’re all trying to figure out what went wrong in our banking system to cause the recession we’re in, we’re blaming just about anyone and everyone involved, especially the men at the top. Yes, I said the men. Not many of the folks getting blamed on the news are women, so it leads u…

By: Catherine Strawn / May 14, 2009

Is Playboy Screwed?

If there’s one thing we’ve learned during the recession, it’s that sex still sells. Sex workers are pulling in the big bucks, the online porn business is booming, and the sex toy industry is thriving. The only person not reaping the rewards? Hugh Hefner. Playboy has hit a major slump, reporting a loss of $13.7…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 13, 2009

Recessionista Report: Destination Weddings, Health Costs, And Domestic Abuse

Destination Weddings: A growing number of couples are choosing to say “I do” under the Caribbean sun, rather than having a traditional wedding in their hometown, even though we’re in a recession. A survey by Destination Weddings predicts the destination wedding industry will grow to $16 billion this year, compared with $13 billion last year…

By: Annika Harris / May 12, 2009

Quick Pic: Has The Recession Really Come To This?

Have we been hit so hard by the recession that women have started making tank tops from men’s briefs? We hope not.

By: Annika Harris / May 11, 2009

Quickies!: The Men Of No Doubt Still Look Like Sidekicks

The guys of No Doubt looked like orderlies at a mental institution while performing on “Today” this morning. [Dlisted] — They couldn’t fit into the Harajuku Girls’ costumes, so they had to rob a cricket team.
Hayden Panettiere might join Chace Crawford in the “Footloose” remake. [Perez Hilton] — Good thing because the “Heroes” shi…

By: Annika Harris / May 1, 2009

Home Hair Color Gets A Recession Lift

Women are foregoing pricey salon hair dye jobs, choosing instead to color their hair at home. At home hair color, like red lipstick, is getting a push from the recession. Fifteen percent of 1,000 American women surveyed by a market research firm said now they color at home instead of having it done professionally. Sale…

By: Annika Harris / April 24, 2009

The Upside Of Being Single In A Recession

As a single person, it sometimes feels as if the world is partial to couples. Perhaps you’re like me—tired of checking that “single” box on your tax return while your married counterparts file jointly and gleefully claim dependents. You see a family buying in bulk at the supermarket and wish you could take such cost-saving…

By: DivineCaroline.com / April 16, 2009

Luxury Jewelry Retailers Offer 50 to 70 Percent Off!

Most little girls have dreamed about actually living Madonna’s “Material Girl” video at some point. I mean, who doesn’t want a diamond ring for every finger? This greedy dream is slightly more attainable now that luxury retailers like Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Judith Ripka, Di Modolo, and Damiani have started offloading their wares through the…

By: Annika Harris / April 14, 2009

Make Love, Not Debt: A Guide To Budget-Friendly Dating

After reading a recent report from the BBC stating that the current recession may have more negative than positive effects on our dating life, I started thinking about whether this was really true. Yes, money worries can be a huge obstacle to relationship building, but as the author of the report, relationship psychologist Susan Quillam,…

By: DivineCaroline.com / April 9, 2009

A Guaranteed, Cheap Happy Ending

In a recession, people want escapism and a happy ending. The depressing economic situation has lead to an increase in sales of romance novels, while most other genres are having a difficult time selling at all. Harlequin Enterprises, the grande dame of the romance genre, reported a 32 percent increase in 2008 earnings during the…

By: Annika Harris / April 8, 2009

I Now Pronounce You Fully Covered

Marrying for health insurance is nothing new. Even I proposed to two men when my health insurance was canceled recently (sadly, they both said no). But even when love isn’t the complete reason for getting married, most couples still have enough time to plan their dream wedding, whatever that may be. Things worked out differently,…

By: Annika Harris / April 7, 2009

Vasectomies Are Selling Like Hot Cakes

The rich get richer and the poor get babies. Well, not anymore! These tough times aren’t gonna stop hardworking American men, just their sperm. According to CNN, the recession is responsible for a rise in the number of vasectomies and urologists are cashing in by sealing vas deferens!

By: Simcha / April 2, 2009

Quickies!: Josh Hartnett Has A Major Tummyache

Josh Hartnett was hospitalized for some sort of gastrointestinal disorder. And, no, this isn’t another Hollywood excuse, like exhaustion. [Dlisted]
Bjork was spotted in one of her kooky outfits while shopping in New York City. Wait, she actually shops for those clothes? I thought she conjured them in a cauldron. [Perez Hilton]
Jennifer Aniston and…

By: Annika Harris / March 30, 2009

What’s For Lunch? Seven Reusable Lunchbags And Lunchboxes

This is your mother speaking. You really shouldn’t be getting takeout for lunch every day. Not only are you throwing all of your money away, but you’re not eating all of your food groups! Why don’t you make something yummy for dinner and then pack it in a cute, reusable bag and take it to…

By: Catherine Strawn / March 27, 2009

Recession Special: How To Sell Yourself In This Market

While the recession has screwed everyone, it’s really sticking it to a Romanian virgin. Grace Yataco, a Peruvian model, was offered 1.5 million for the chance to pluck her lady flower. Chaste Italian “Big Brother” star Rafaella Fico was offered 1.8 million dollars to be a whore on more than reality television. And here i…

By: Simcha / March 26, 2009

From Jobless To Topless: Women Strip to Stimulate The Economy

Turns out our turd economy is good for one thing: stripping. Applications to jobs in the adult entertainment industry have risen like adolescent boy schlongs in the last year. Today’s flashdancer could be a sad hottie simply downsized from her job at an imploding international investment bank…

It’s better than an unemployment check. One…

By: Deborah Stein / March 23, 2009

Does Going Brunette Keep Women Employed?

Back in January we reported that new data suggested more women were dying their hair blonde during the recession. Catherine speculated that the added boost in confidence from going blonde might increase a woman’s number of free drinks at a bar, something we can all appreciate during these lean economic times. But now a conflicting

By: Wendy Atterberry / March 18, 2009