25, asserting that it had been misled by the subjects of an infamous Jan.28 story about a group called DABA (Dating a Banker Anonymous).Last month, Dating a Banker Anonymous broke out as the hated, irresistible Website du jour, and it has earned its self-pitying, gold-digging authors some national press, not to mention promises from Hollywood agents of a "Real Housewives"–style media franchise. Crowell and Petrus fill the blog with a liberal mix of their own experiences, anecdotes from girls they meet out on the town and stories from people who e-mail the site, which they make no effort to verify.But hold on a minute—are the DABA girls even for real? DABA cofounder Laney Crowell tells NEWSWEEK that what The New York Times and many other outlets portrayed as a serious Web site is, in fact, a full-blown parody by Crowell and her sidekick Megan Petrus, a Manhattan lawyer. Often the DABA girls invent fresh details for maximum satirical effect."That isn't my life," says Crowell, 27, from a coffee shop near her apartment in New York's West Village.to create a definitive guide for dating on Wall Street.Just remember: There are always exceptions to every rule.Dressed modestly in jeans and a pullover, Crowell describes her DABA identity as an online "character" and admits that she doesn't actually know anyone with a boyfriend-backed credit card or a slashed department-store allowance.
She explained: 'One of his best friends told me that my job is now to keep him calm and keep him from dying at the age of 35 but it’s not what I signed up for.'Her situation is shared by Christine Cameron whose financial analyst boyfriend kept getting drunk and would disappear while they were out together, then accuse her the next day of being the one who had gone missing. Their blog was billed as “free from the scrutiny of feminists,” inviting women to join “if your monthly Bergdorf’s allowance has been halved and bottle service has all but disappeared from your life.” They complained when their lifestyle changed because their boyfriends had lost their jobs.Perhaps most especially on “Wall Street,” status, perceptions and stereotypes prevail so it’s a good microcosm from which to examine our blocks to love, on either front.There’s been a flurry of dating debates about whether bankers should date each other (see links below to Business Oasis, Business Insider,and the like).Some male bankers are saying they wouldn’t date female bankers because they’re nerds, condescending, materialistic and critical of men.