Sex and money: A week in review

Apparently, we're spending our stimulus checks on porn and "hard times" are forcing women to strip.

Published July 12, 2008 10:35AM (EDT)

This week, the media doggedly sought out sexy angles on our depressed economy. First, we discovered that some Americans are spending their economic stimulus checks on porn. Endless jokes followed about President Bush's "stimulus package" not being meant for stimulating your package. Then we learned that our depressed economy is causing even strip clubs to suffer: Many club owners are reporting a significant drop in business. And, finally, Florida's Fox 29 News interviews one woman, a 22-year-old college student "with dreams of becoming much more" and concludes that "tough times" are "forcing some women" to strip. (Haven't "tough times" always driven some to strip?)

Here's a possible sexy angle on the economy for next week: Rising gas prices are driving people to public transportation -- and some women to use subway poles to earn a little extra cash on their morning commute. After all, this week a stripper in Santiago, Chile, demonstrated that subway poles are ideal for dancing (and protesting the prudishness of her government). Don't miss her (perhaps instructional) video.

By Tracy Clark-Flory

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