Everyone Will Live With Their Parents Forever and Ever Amen

Six years after the economy shit the bed, let's check in with the "Boomerang kids." If you guessed "long-term cultural trend" rather than "recessionary blip" sometime back in 2010—ding ding ding! You're a winner! Your prize is this wadded-up copy of the Wall Street Journal full of dead bugs. » 6/20/14 1:00pm 6/20/14 1:00pm

What the Recession Has Wrought: A Tampon-Less Middle Class

The rapidly unravelling American middle class has been super hard on big corporations. Who is going to buy their middle-of-the-road household products now that Americans are either mega wealthy or living in penury [in a van] [down by the river]? Nobody, that’s who, which means that corporations need to come up with… » 9/22/13 2:00pm 9/22/13 2:00pm

Most of Those Allegedly Great New Jobs for Women Are In Waitressing

We're well into what feels like our 129384712th consecutive month of articles harping on the notion that men are being screwed by this man-cession because they can't seem to man-age to man-euver their way back into man-jobs while meanwhile women Take The Lead and Lean In and End Men. And if you just look at the… » 9/19/13 12:20pm 9/19/13 12:20pm

The Recession Has Taken All the Fun and Extramarital Sex Out of Italy

Ah, August. As we learned through repeat viewings of The Seven Year Itch, it's really the perfect time for the married man to let loose and let his wife do the same, having her run off to that beautiful second home, as he lives it up in the city, spending sweaty nights between the sheets with his much younger sexy… » 8/27/13 12:40pm 8/27/13 12:40pm

Impulse Buying During a Recession? Blame Your Upbringing.

It is each generation's hope that the next will do better. But a new study claims that your financial status while growing up affects you for life — which explains why some people make impulsive purchases even when the economy is bad. » 7/09/13 3:40pm 7/09/13 3:40pm

A College Degree Is Now Required of Basically Everyone

The way we live now: it takes a B.A. to find a job as a file clerk, according to the New York Times, which declared today that the college degree is the new high school diploma. » 2/20/13 11:05am 2/20/13 11:05am

Women Are Still Losing Jobs in the Public Sector

A pretty blah jobs report came out today: the economy only added 80,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate is still stuck at 8.2 percent. If you're wondering what that means for women, the National Women's Law Center analyzed June's jobs data and found that women lost 17,000 public sector jobs while men gained… » 7/06/12 5:00pm 7/06/12 5:00pm

Irresponsible Brides-to-Be are Splurging on Weddings While Their…

Everyone (or anyone who has ever picked up a women's magazine, watched reality TV, gone to the movies, lived on this earth, etc) knows that ladies start planning their weddings the moment they emerge from the womb. But it turns out that UK men actually used to want to spend more than their future brides on weddings… » 6/22/12 3:35pm 6/22/12 3:35pm

Licensed Professionals Have No Patience for Your Creative Pursuits

The recession is forcing Americans to get crafty with their careers and think outside the bureaucratic box. But although the U.S. is supposed to be a country for self-starters, strict rules originally created to protect licensed professionals are making it extremely difficult for amateurs to get into business. » 6/12/12 10:50am 6/12/12 10:50am

Men And Women Shit Themselves About Unemployment Differently

The phrase "It's the economy," while an utterly valid excuse for many things, has become an awesome stock excuse for virtually everything. Your tuna melt came with the wrong kind of cheese? It's the economy. Bad hair day? It's the economy. Can't orgasm? It's the economy. Doy. » 5/12/12 2:15pm 5/12/12 2:15pm

We’ve All Been Duped Into Thinking that Women Are Making More Money…

The urge for a jaunty news narrative about how women are overtaking men as family breadwinners has apparently, according to the Daily Beast's Rosalind Barnett and Caryl Rivers, given rise to a popular misconception about the ascendent working women: she's outearning the working man. » 4/29/12 2:00pm 4/29/12 2:00pm

Beloved YA Author in War With Bank of America

Today in depressing housing-market news, YA author Francesca Lia Block could lose her home because the bank won't return her calls. The author of the Weetzie Bat books is underwater on her mortgage due to the recession. To make things more complicated, the mortgage is in her mom's name, and her mom is now dead. To… » 3/13/12 5:30pm 3/13/12 5:30pm

Slightly More Jobs For All, But Fewer Jobs For Women

The Labor Department announced Friday that employers added 227,000 jobs in February, slightly more than expected, which is obviously good news: in fact, the last six months have been the best streak for new jobs since the financial crisis hit in 2008. » 3/09/12 6:30pm 3/09/12 6:30pm

Are Modern Dudes Reasserting Their Manliness Through 'Guy' Chores?

Men who work in female-dominated professions spend more time on "guy" chores like home repair, yard work, and car maintenance, according to the American Journal of Sociology. The study's author argues that it's not because these men might enjoy those activities, or because they're eager to help out around the house… » 3/02/12 10:40am 3/02/12 10:40am

Is Generation Y Also Generation Cheap?

Now more than ever, college students are feeling the constraints of the current recession, though, with the vigor and pluck that comes only with youth, many have embraced the need for frugality and turned it into a lifestyle choice. They're trying to eat for free! They wear secondhand clothes! They're living in… » 1/30/12 6:30pm 1/30/12 6:30pm

Job Prospects For Women Improve From 'Shit' to 'Crap'

On the heels of the "man-cession" is the "he-covery," two neologisms similar in that they both pertain to men's economic prospects during the last few years and they're both irritating as hell. Despite the fact that for every three new jobs in 2011, two went to men, it now looks like women and men are back to being… » 1/10/12 1:35pm 1/10/12 1:35pm

Economy Forcing Men To Lower Themselves & Take Awful Ladyjobs

Remember the recession (or, alternately: he-cession, or man-cession, or The Great American Economic Cockblock) when no one could shut up about how men were losing their jobs in droves and ladies were the only people gainfully employed? Well, banish those obnoxious neologisms from your vocabulary right this instant—… » 1/03/12 2:00pm 1/03/12 2:00pm

Adults Who Move In With Their Parents Are Ruining The Economy

Times are rough for adults who move back into their parents' house. In addition to personal feelings of failure, they have to deal with the ugly stereotype that grown ups only live in their childhood home because they need more room for their action figure collection and only mom knows how to properly microwave their… » 11/17/11 1:01am 11/17/11 1:01am

In Tough Economic Times, Americans Turn To Anti-Semitism

The recession is making absolutely everything awful. Adults are being driven back into their mother's basements and Americans are pumping themselves full of Home Depot silicone to get the fuller asses they require. Now the Anti-Defamation League reports that 15% of the country is still deeply anti-Semitic, and that… » 11/04/11 3:20pm 11/04/11 3:20pm